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James Cummins

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James Cummins is the author of Still Some Cake (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2012); Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (Soft Skull Press, 2005), with David Lehman; and Then & Now (Swallow Press, 2004), among others. His honors include an Ingram Merrill grant and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

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Come to think of it, I never speak of Mom
much now, though I go on and on about Dad.
My generation's given "Mom" a beating,
I think: there's no son who hasn't got his gun
out for the old dear—the dear in the headlights!
Think it could be, like, you know, like...Freud?

Speaking of beatings, who's taken