Jiwon Choi: Jane Austen, Reconsider

writing me into your landscape of petticoats and pianofortes,

please be advised, my party manners are unfortunate


I will drink all your wine and double dip.  Invite me to tea

if you can forego all your layers of etiquette.


Don’t you see I would fare better in something Elmore Leonard?

Knocking knees with unrepentant Ojibway assassins


chain smoking and dusting off a bottle––an anvil

masquerading as a dame.


Have the boys call me Bossy Betty or Luscious Letty,

and make sure they admire my derriere and damsel hair.


Call me gauche, think me brazen.  I won’t take it as character

assassination. Thank you for the affirmation.

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