October 2011

The Responsibility of Being an Only Child

A new poem

by Kent Shaw
I used to own a red sweater vest. I’d bought it for going out on special occasions,
and because I look good in red.
I end up looking a little bit smarter, like in an issue of GQ.
That was in the sixth grade, when I was in the habit of attending special occasions,
and everyone there told me what a nice young man I was.

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Kent Shaw’s first book, Calenture, was published in 2008. His poems have appeared recently in Boston Review, Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, and other magazines. He is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia State University.

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