“Imagine the Bailouts Are Working” (Robert Moyer)

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checkout lane holdup
counting out her pennies
one by one

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Headlines:

“Imagine the Bailouts Are Working” (New York Times)

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Poem by Robert Moyer (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. James Tipton

    I like the idea of this a lot, having witnessed similar scenes lots of times. I would suggest dropping the word “holdup” for several reasons, the most important being it is already clear in the words that would remain:

    checkout lane
    counting out her pennies
    one by one

  2. Bob Moyer

    Interesting–I’ve been noticing how a single word can turn a moment into a description of a moment. You’ve pointed up how I’ve inserted myself with the word holdup, instead of making the poem about the person counting the pennies. Nice.

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