by Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in The Paris Review, Spring 2001.

A poem too can be a garrote. —Anon.

Though you learned the dance routines they made you learn

and you were 1996 Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl

and you were 1996 America’s Royal Little Miss

and you were 1996 Little Miss Charlevoix

and 1996 National Tiny Miss Beauty

it’s never enough.


Randy Souther

I'm a Reference Librarian at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library, and I run the Joyce Carol Oates web site, Celestial Timepiece.

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