Poetry

Ampersand; & Furthermore

Ampersand   Sounds like a French count, a famous battle. Shifty identity, symbol and word and shorthand with aspirations to cursive that make me call it by name, ampersand, every time I see it smuggled into a sentence.   It should stick to business, linking Atlantic & Pacific, lawyers, incorporated fathers & sons. But it’s got ambitions, sneaking into executive reports, edging out its bland rival.   Going artsy, trumpet blasting in stories and poems, taking its solo, showing up the square letters clustered outside the spotlight, tapping their feet to its time.         & & &…

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