I’m not a misogynist but…

more and more
I get letters from the
young ladies:

“I’m a well-built 19
am between jobs and
your writing turns me
on
I’m a good housekeeper
and secretary and
would never get in
your way
and
would send a
photo but that’s
so tacky…”

“I’m 21
tall and attractive
have read your book
WOMEN
I work for a
lawyer and
if you’re ever in
town
please call me
at
— —.”

“I met you
after your reading
at the TROUBADOUR
we had a night
together
do you remember?
I got married to
that man
you told me had a
mean voice
when you phoned and
he answered
we’re divorced now
I have a little
girl
age 2
I am no longer in
the music
business but
miss it
would like to
see you
again…”

“I’ve read
all your books
I’m 23
not much in
breast
but have great
legs
and
just a few
words
from you
would mean
so much
to me…”

girls
please give your
bodies and your
lives
to
the young men
who
deserve them

besides
there is
no way
I would welcome
the
intolerable
dull
senseless hell
you would bring
me

and
I wish you
luck
in bed
and
out

but not
in
mine

thank
you.