Ugly Duckling Presse

Applies to Oranges: Special Edition
Applies to Oranges: Special Edition

Maureen Thorson

Buy"a necessary satellite signal made of a uniquely singular ache and echo"


I'd rather tell you a better story, but

disease and boredom and a bad connection

brought that plan to night. You took off

with the oranges and spiders,

the ending and the plot, and left me

with the Zenith's chrome housing,

the cruise shits in their moorings. 

The tender tourists with their trinkets

and tight-fisted maps. The orphans

and beachheads, so lovelorn and solemn.

The satellites' red signals. The hotel's

common gestures. Once you were gone,

there were only these few things left.

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About the Author

Maureen Thorson

Maureen Thorson is a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor (2009), Mayport (2006), which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship, and Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004). Her poems can be found in many anthologies and journals, including the forthcoming Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, Exquisite Corpse, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Hat, and 6x6. Maureen is the publisher and editor of Big Game Books, a small press dedicated to emerging poets. She is also the co-curator of the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center and the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.