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When you broke a glass, I broke a bowl. You shouted, I shouted. Then you broke a
dish, I broke a platter. Next, you broke a bottle of 50-year-old Scotch, I broke a bottle of champagne. The kitchen and dining room floors were filled with broken glass and porcelain, a small river of scotch blending with bubbly. We both grabbed brooms and dustpans and began cleaning. Working together brought us together, but no matter how much we cleaned, there was always another splinter of glass that one of us missed.
Jeff Friedman has published nine collections of poetry and prose, including The Marksman (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020), Floating Tales (Plume Editions/Madhat Press, 2017), and most recently The House of Grana Padano (Pelekinesis, April 2022), cowritten with Meg Pokrass.
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