Tad Richards

Soon, all my stories
will be told backwards.
My ingénue will
find love in the first act.
Deflowered in the second,
by the third, she is writing
entries in her journal:
boys she identifies
with cryptic nicknames.

And I’ll learn too late
lie and deceive,
yet use this knowledge
for purposeful blackmail:
I’ve slept with their wives,
serially or in pairs,
winning their trust
with pears and figs.

Tad Richards' work has recently appeared in the anthologies Villanelles and In Like Company, and in the fourth edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms. His novel, Nick and Jake, was published by Arcade Press, and he is currently working on a history of Prestige Records.

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