Jody Azzouni


Making Reservations

Originally published in River King Poetry Supplement, VI:1, 2000
Added 1/17/2021
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Making Reservations

Poem | Jody's Notes


The forked tongue,

still traditional in some circles;

the silent snake maligned (the

pun presumed innocent); the

tremor of subtext, the cigar only

a cigar, the fundamentalist

stymied (“In the beginning, the



Under such circumstances,

even echoes are loaded: we listen,

ponder, add caveats, marginalia,

footnotes, an appendix.

Not to mention commentary.

Not to mention.