IRL by L. Shapley Bassen In Real Life, words, pauses, punctuation. Smells, perfume, memory is a scrim, a masking of movements, bowel and ballet. Autumn, age, are slow shock. Now, whether body can weather toxins? Ankle cramp? No acronyms suffice. Spell it out.
Origin Stories – IRL
This is a new poem, haven’t submitted anywhere else yet. It was inspired by a recent FB message from my daughter. I juxtaposed the constant need to look up cyber-acronyms used by younger and/or more fluent friends & family – whom I never ask to translate/explain – with yet another symptom of aging, a foot cramp in a long ago injured ankle. Ah, Achilles!
L. Shapley Bassen’s grandmother was a telegrapher on Wall Street a century ago who taught her to read and tapped messages to her in Morse Code. A New Yorker living in Rhode Island, she is a multi-published & prize-winning author of fiction, poetry, & drama.
2014 novel Summer of the Long Knives (Typhoon Media-Signal 8 Press)
2014 Lives of Crime & Other Stories (Texture Press)
2017 Showfolk & Stories (Inkception Books)
2019 collected works poetry What Suits a Nudist? (Clare Songbirds Publishing House)
1996 The Month Before the Moon (Samuel French, Inc. https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/1563/the-month-before-the-moon)
Fiction editor at https://www.craftliterary.com/.
4/1/22 “Satan Had Always Been in Love With Eve” https://gyroscopereview.com online page 28. Spring 2022 issue available to buy at https://www.amazon.com/Gyroscope-Review-Issue-22-2-Spring/dp/B09WHNJXZZ/
4/17/21www.gyroscopereview.com I’m part of their National Poetry Month event PROMOPALOOZA; features me as the poet of the day with the interview & photo of collection, WHAT SUITS A NUDIST. https://www.gyroscopereview.com/2021/04/promopalooza-l-shapley-bassen/
10/1/19 “Ebbtide” https://gyroscopereview.com Crone Powe Issue 19.4 Fall 2019 https://www.gyroscopereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CRONE-POWER-PDF-FOR-WEBSITE.pdf Also at amazon https://www.amazon.com/Gyroscope-Review-Issue-poetry-around/dp/1695833252/
Gyroscope Review Spring 2023 Issue Available now!
Previous Origin Stories
April 1 – Wanda Praisner
April 2 – Howard Lieberman
Previous NPM celebrations from Gyroscope Review
Let the Poet Speak! 2022
Poet of the Day 2020
Poets Read 2019
Book Links Party 2017