Jeff Hoffman is the author of Journal of American Foreign Policy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), which won the New Issues Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Hoffman works as a screenwriter and lives in Los Angeles.
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Note from My Mother
Let’s talk about your long-lost lion puppet, the one true creature you could not live without. Did you know I x-actoed the grasslands of his mane from the Sunday funnies? Did you know that his eyes were not marbles at all? Did you know I pierced a black-eyed pea with a needle and made it his nose? Did you know we all live for a time as creatures abandoned? Bring back the ketchup bottle that you fitted with a wig. Bring back the cocoons noosed to the lid of a pickle jar; the eyelashed mouth of the venus flytrap; the newts and tadpoles; the wood tick, its perfume-bottle grave. Did you know we all live all our lives with coins on our eyes? Did you know that your puppet wasn’t a lion at all until you called him a lion? I made him no one creature in particular; he was cloth with a face, and his gumball eyes were sweet when you licked them and gone in a day.