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Jeff Hoffman

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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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          Summer, 1983

They're locked together outside a gift shop outside
the Badlands: a statue Indian shaking hands
with a statue cowboy. The Indian's head feathers

hang down, subdued; the cowboy's hat tilts up at the front—
invitation, forgiveness. His six-shooter, holstered, juts out
from the wood
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