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Carlton D. Fisher

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I give you Hamlet, Romeo, Juliet, Macbeth, and Puck,
and you kvetch because I moonlight a bit
for a couple One Direction songs
and a co-write on the new Britney album?
Have you bothered to check what the royalties pay
when you can make a teen girl think
that true love is in the eyes of Harry Styles?
When was the last time you saw a check
from twanging the heartstrings
of a retired English marm
who gathers her knickers
every time she hears a word like “doth”?
Keep telling her her eyes are “nothing like the sun,”
and I’ll tell mine she doesn’t know she’s beautiful,
and we’ll see which of us is looking for room to breathe
in the backstage dressing room.
The muse in your life can be more fickle than any lover,
sun-eyed or moon-faced,
and you’ll be twice as sad to see me go
when you’re left with your pen in one hand
and your codpiece in the other.

Carlton D. Fisher is an Instructor in the English Department at SUNY Jefferson and a graduate student in the writing program at SUNY Binghamton. His work has appeared in Assaracus, The Black River Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and is forthcoming in the spring 2014 issue of Lips. He is the author of the chapbook Silhouette of a Man and is currently completing work on a second chapbook, tentatively titled Songs for the Empty Rooms, which should be available before the end of 2014. He is a lifelong native of Northern New York.

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