Adios, Hermitage

Abe Louise Young


I met Gertrude Stein by the river Seine
the Tour d’Eiffel spilling green

marbles through the alleys
and under my arm I carried a Torah

on a great long roll
of butcher paper—
a phone book Torah,

with names and numbers
of  the exact 7 billion
people alive
on the planet today
every continent included

We read aloud and drank like hags
and dipped hot baguettes in the river,

and after I intoned each name and number

Gertrude yelled


Abe Louise Young is an award-winning poet and educator living in Austin, Texas.  She was educated at Northwestern University and the University of Texas, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Writing. Her poems have been published widely, most recently in Witness, Christian Science Monitor, Massachusetts Review and The Texas Observer.  Her books include Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students (Next Generation Press, 2011); and Ammonite: Poems (Magnolia Press Collective, 2010).




Return to Table of Contents