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Manhattan Transfer

By 

Michael Paul Hogan

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he draws her eyebrows with his fountain pen; he writes the first line of a poem with her eyebrow pencil. She paints her lips with a finger dipped in his bottle of ink; he writes the second line of the poem with her lipstick. She wraps the sheet of paper upon which he has been writing his poem around her breasts; he writes the third line on her brassiere. They make love. And when they wake up each of their bodies has been tattooed with alternate lines of a poem that is the story of their love affair.

Quiz question:

Where will the first line of the poem be?

On her body

On her body

On his body

On his body

Both of their bodies

Both of their bodies

Neither of their bodies

Neither of their bodies

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Issue 11

published 

September 22, 2017

Manhattan Transfer was written by Michael Paul Hogan, who is a poet, journalist and fiction writer whose work has appeared extensively in the USA, UK, India and China. He is the author of six collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Chinese Bolero, illustrated by the great contemporary Chinese painter Li Bin, was published in 2015. He can be followed on Facebook.

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