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Anne Tardos

Anne Tardos This poetic trace was used in:
Poem 21: Response

From a June 21-2009 e-mail to a friend from Anne Tardos

"The thing with such bugs is that there is a wish, an intention, a desire to impose one's will upon it, namely kill it, versus the reality of their swift reaction to having piles of newspapers come down upon them from above, the New York Times yet, which they know well, and the reality of their unnoticed escape.

"Then there is the discovery that the spray I used (we both used when you were here) is not for roaches, but for flies and mosquitoes, as I just noticed. Yesterday I went and purchased two more sprays, both specifically for roaches, but one is a green, ecofriendly spray, made of rosemary oil and cinnamon oil. It has a very strong odor. I don't know where the bug is. I can barely stand the smell, so I can imagine how the bug feels--if it feels at all, that is. It's possible that it crawled under the refrigerator or stove to die of the for-flies-poison. The reality is that we don't really know what's going on in our lives and the best we can do is live as cleverly and as ethically as we can manage, and hope for the best."