JERRY (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
CHEN CHEN (caller): You are the ice cream sandwich connoisseur of your generation.
JERRY: Glad to have a skill I can fall back on.
Happy Midsummer and happy Pride Month!
Read the rest of “Summer” by Chen Chen here.
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple-throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there he lay—
CERBERUS (1): Excuse me
CERBERUS (2): And me
CERBERUS (3): And me
CERBERUS: Our pronouns are
CERBERUS (1): They/
CERBERUS (2): Them/
CERBERUS (3): Their.
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there they lay.
CERBERUS: Good boy.
Happy Pride Month!
WALT WHITMAN (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, and what I assume you shall assume. What is your emergency?
ALLEN GINSBERG (calling from a supermarket in California): What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman.
WALT WHITMAN: My favorite topic!
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