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Herman Asarnow

Cuervo’s Lament: Hook, Line, and Sinker

He cast with
alcoholic bait
And swiftly lined her
into bed.

They said—
“A naive drinker’s fate!”
How true.
The pickled worm was dead.

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Herman Asarnow's recent collection of poems is Glass-Bottom Boat (Higganum Hill Books, 2007). His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, the Marlboro Review, Guernica, Meridian, and many other venues. He lives in Portland, Oregon.