No silver bullets, if you please.

When Vincent has been denied something he dearly wants and feels he clearly must have (such as a broom to chase to chase the cat with, or a fresh bar of soap to gnaw on, to name the two most recent catalysts), like most toddlers, he has a tantrum. //” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.As he is my first child, and still an only for 7 more weeks, I’m unsure how a/typical his tantrums are, but I find them fascinating: he falls to his knees in abject despair, lays his head in his hands, and howls. Howls.

And then it’s over. Like a thunderstorm that breaks a hot Georgia afternoon, a miracle of rage and release.

I empathize. This retirement sale is wearing me down. It’s such a bizarre way for us to be doing business. And egads, the neverending questions: Yes, everything is 50% off, exactly as the Big Sign advertises. No, we’re no longer honoring the Educator’s Discount — unless you’d rather have 10% off instead of the 50% we’re offering. Your choice. And no, we definitely do not have any more Obama books, that ship sailed days and days ago.

And how depressing it is that while the rest of the store shelves are emptying, the poetry section seems as full as ever. Do we actually, literally, need to give poetry books away?

I could whine all day, but that would be obnoxious, and only slightly entertaining, so I’ll take my cue from Vincent and keep it brief. However, I’d really really like to howl.

7 responses to “No silver bullets, if you please.”

  1. At least it’s nice to read that someone cares that the poetry books aren’t selling. Of course, if we gave them away, we’d diminish their value. And what if we had to beg people to take them? As if it weren’t always hard enough to sell poetry, now it’s going to be even harder with so many people tightening their belts. Which do you need more: dinner or this book of poetry? I’ll take the book, but then I’m a poet and can’t be relied upon for good judgment.

  2. I’m sure all the McGraw-Hill books went first.

  3. Oh Diane, but if you can’t sell poetry at 50% off…!

    Haha, Roland, ever the optimist, you. 🙂

  4. ohhh, i am howling in abject despair that the gorgeous poetry section is just sitting there and i’m too far away to loot it.

  5. Dear Stephen — we are now discounting at 60% — do you realize how many poetry books you can buy at 60%, you personally, perennially-poverty-stricken you?

  6. Have you read “Tantrum,” by C.K. Williams? It’s a wonderful poem about the usefulness of that preemptive howl.

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