Hal Sirowitz is the Poet Laureate of Queens. In addition to his new book, Before, During & After, Soft Skull is also publishing his next book, Father Said. He is a recipient of a 2003 New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
My therapist said that he thinks its strange that when she and I make love she doesnt take off all her clothes but leaves her underwear on. Youd think shed be relaxed around me by now and let me see her naked. But I shouldnt jump to the conclusion that shes repressed. It might be as simple as shes not able to handle the cold. Its easier to fix that than getting her out of her repression. All I have to do is turn up the heat.