Word on the street
Excerpts from “Transfer Queen” by A.W. Strouse (punctum books, 2018)


Photo: Steven Strasser

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hasidic DON JUAN

for whom even MOSES would break the law

26

i tell him that he dropped his glove on the seat

but he believes

i have instructed him

to place his Chihuahua

next to me

27

reading horatian odes,

he doesn't look up

to catch my yearning

38

reading

DEATH IN VENICE

he's headed down

to battery park

A.W. Strouse is a poet and a medievalist. He teaches medieval literature at the New School.