Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Sunday Poet: Nina R. Alonso

Nina R. Alonso's work has appeared in Ibbetson Street, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, U. Mass. Review, Sumac, WomenPoems, Constant Remembrance, Cambridge Artists Cooperative, Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Black Poppy Review, BagelBards, etc. Her stories appeared in Southern Women's Review, Broadkill Review, Tears and Laughter, etc., and most recently in Peacock Literary Review. She works with Constellations a Journal of Poetry and Fiction.

 How I Win                 

If I insult you I win
if I kick until you fall I win
if I laugh at you I win

if I undercut what you say I win
if I put it my way I win
if you turn and look I win

if  you’re afraid of my words I win
if you’re thinking what to do I win
if you try to be subtle I win

if you can’t decide I win
if you go moral on me I win
if you stand on your head I win

if you try a clever angle I win
if you walk it backward I win
if you cry I laugh and win

if you attempt macho I win
if you argue I undercut and win
if you twist around to outsmart me I win.

 ----Nina Rubinstein Alonso

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