Tiresome Tendencies
by Daniel Sumrall

I thought I could quit smoking, but
my world is hectic: reality
TV, cell phones, and one night stands.
Thus, there’s a lot of downtime.

I’m certain all women I know
have ulterior motives with
their perfect make-up and utter
disregard of me.  I’m used to

waking up incognizant and
finding lipstick around my
cigarettes, each snuffed out early
and standing erect in the ashtray.

What I never caught I can catch
now without trying: ease, colds, mice
and struck birds, obscure jokes, and your
glances.  I don’t think it matters.


Daniel Sumrall currently teaches English composition at
Manchester Community College.  Sumrall’s poetry and reviews
have appeared in several online and print journals.  Currently he
is making slow progress on a novel tentatively entitled
Next Time
.  He loves candy and smoking and will not apologize
for either.

On “Tiresome Tendencies”:
“Tiresome Tendencies” is a catalogue poem of sorts written
as a mocking self-critique.  Mentally composed around 2002/
2003, this poem is meant to capture the banal if not asinine
20- to 30-something hipster culture then on the rise and that
I was caught up in.  Fortunately, I’ve outgrown “irony” as a
fashion statement or cultural attitude.  

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 2, Number 2
(Fall 2007)

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