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While Talking to a Student and Eating a Banana
article by
Christopher McCurry

my nipples start to tighten and pucker
as if they have just been kissed and are now
a little slick and exposed to the cool air.

It’s moments like this that I like what I’m getting
paid to do. When all the students want to know
what the formal requirements for the project are

and all I want to talk about is why nipples
are so weird. I can’t even remember the last
time they pinched themselves or how good it felt.

Do you ever think about how much of our body
likes to be outside itself? How hard it wants
its short dance to be noticed. Why do we only
experiment in science class? I want to ask.

But that is a dangerous question for a man
to ask children, even if he only means
to have them wonder, could it be the light
breeze from the window or the tastiness
of a perfectly ripe banana, or simply

the mundane task of living a pleasurable life–
what is it exactly that has bunched me up
into these persistent but otherwise
useless nodes of recognition and now joy.

7 responses to “While Talking to a Student and Eating a Banana”

  1. Joseph Allen Nichols says:

    This is so deliciously weird and apt, Christopher! 😂

  2. Rae Cobbs says:

    And true! Thank you for writing! It’s been a gift.

  3. Lisa Miller Henry says:

    Hilarious and oh so true. I almost become orgasmic when a student asks if he/she can read ahead of the class. Great poem.

  4. Jim Lally says:

    school teachers know the dichotomy
    of school self and real self
    you’ve caught it just right

  5. Meadow Smith says:

    you are true originality, and adorably comfortable where others are not ;]

  6. Bianca Bargo says:

    You break my heart in a way that I very much love.

    So damn good.

  7. Edelweiss Meadows-Millstone says:

    Excellent poem!

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