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An Unanswered Letter to Yale Literary Magazine

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50010

December 10, 2008

The Yale Literary Magazine
P.O. Box 209087
New Haven, CT 06520-9087

Dear Yale Lit Mag,

I’m not a student, but I know you’ll like the poem I am enclosing so much you will want to print it anyway

At least I think it’s great! You can just send my check to the above address.


Christopher L. Jorgensen

enc. “Nutter”



Bare-breasted and snake bit,
she wants one in the hopper!
She’s a fucking loon
(some might say).
It takes a nutter to know a nutter,
and, baby, I’ve known nutters.

Ever wake up wondering how you got here?
What confluence of events or past life sins
made you and this day possible?
The Big Bang and primordial ooze
—or god’s benevolent guiding hand and Eden if you prefer—
all leading to that magical moment your parents shared
(the big bang and primordial spooge),
the conquering of overwhelming odds,
of that particular sperm winning the ovum race,
coming to rest against uterine wall,
making it past zygote to foetus,
all the way to potential human being?
Yeah, me neither.

But I do wonder about others.
I look around and pray,
“Please lord, don’t let them reproduce.”
Some of you are proof positive god does not answer prayers
(or at least has a wicked sense of humor).
On rarer occasion, I feel the need to pen a quick
“thank you,” hand it to the nearest babe, and say,
“Give this to your parents. It’s a congratulations for copulating.”
But I don’t.
Because I don’t like cards. And Hallmark doesn’t make one.

christopher…. ‘07

I never did get my check.


By Christopher L. Jorgensen


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