Tiffany Washington

Book Club

Tonight I come armed with Kurt Vonnegut
semi-colons, Bokonian phrases,
and vodka – lots of vodka.

Tonight I will speak of ends of worlds
and Dresden, of Hoosiers, and aliens.

Tonight I will disregard time and
listen to a dog barking after some war.

Tonight I will become exhausted of words
scribbled in margins lost on bookshelves
in someone else’s den.

And tonight, you will not think of me twice.

So it goes.


Source & Method

Cat’s Cradle (1963) and Slaughterhouse Five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut. These two pieces were read for a contemporary meeting of the minds through our “classic-only” book club. Frustrated with the style of Vonnegut’s writing, I pieced together something of my own from his work.


Tiffany Washington is an 8th grade English teacher, mother of four, and sometimes poet. Her works have appeared in a number of print and online publications including Caduceus, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Artis Magazine, and Long River Run.


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