SMILE of course I was, I had always
already begun SMILE yes certianly
SMILE I laughed breathless I was plead-
ing SMILE struck like paralysis SMILE!
SMILE! as the darts fly past SMILE SMILE
for I am all head, as you see
I am round hairless as a ball, all
yours only love me?  SMILE?

—Joyce Carol Oates

Image: SMILE: a Dream Box by Gloria Vanderbilt


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