Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers, and lives in New York City.


Me and you


You know that scene

In an old Freddy movie

Where there is that junkie

She’s kind of a punk

And seems tough

But with that mere surface-level punk vulnerability

She’s wearing all silver and black

They are in an alley

She says, Fuck you Freddy

And brandishes a knife

He looks at her, alarmed

Then lifts his arms

Wanna get high, he says

Each finger a syringe filled with bright blue

On her arms

Little pockets and mouths



What does he do

He falls forward, with intent

And she knows

What she’s in for

Who is that?

That’s me and you

Who is that?

That’s me and you

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