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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading (C) her poem middle eastern man in front of me read from the book Partial Nudity live 7/2/14 at Chicago’s open mic the Café Gallery
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading (S) her poem middle eastern man in front of me read from the book Partial Nudity live 7/2/14 at Chicago’s open mic the Café Gallery
video See YouTube video from 5/27/16 (Cfs) of Janet Kuypers reading her 3 poems Brewing the Coffee and Remembering Summer, middle eastern man in front of me and her flash fiction Private Lives III, the elevated train, Chicago, Illinois, and then John came on stage and read her poem Freedom Just Past The Fence as well John’s poem at Georgetown’s Poetry Plus open mic.
video See YouTube video from 5/27/16 (Sony) of Janet Kuypers reading her 3 poems Brewing the Coffee and Remembering Summer, middle eastern man in front of me and her flash fiction Private Lives III, the elevated train, Chicago, Illinois, and then John came on stage and read her poem Freedom Just Past The Fence as well John’s poem at Georgetown’s Poetry Plus.
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX60).
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX700).

middle eastern man
in front of me

Janet Kuypers
11/17/13

Waiting in line to buy coffee at the gas station,
the middle eastern man in front of me
was demanding his receipt
as the cashier held up an empty paper spool,
then added new paper to the register.
We could all hear the man
calling the cashier stupid and incompetent.

After he left and got into his minivan,
I saw his wife in a burqa waiting.
Then I heard the twenty-something cashier
mumble under his breath,
‘I fought, so you’d have the freedom to come here.
I killed so many, and now I have to put up with this shit.’


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