As I tell my students
you have to read the paper
or you will never

understand the world, or remember
how Waco’s own Joey Buttafuoco
broke Tonya Harding’s leg in a jealous
rage after he saw her with John Bobbit,
or when Jeffrey Dahmer catered the 20th

birthday bash of the Menendez brothers
just before they shot each other over who
should adopt Baby Jessica, or why John
Wayne Gacey killed Amy Fisher simply
because she loved O.J.  If you don’t keep up,

I tell them, how can you
possibly hope to comprehend
what goes on here.

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