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Dorie Off To Atlanta

Jen? Hi, it’s Dorie. I’m on the bus to LaGuardia. … Atlanta.
What? … Maybe. I’m not really sure. I mean his schedule is so
     whacked,
y’know? … But anyway. I was telling you about Marcie. Yeah.
     So
I said to her, I said, Marcie, this one seems different, y’know?
I said the last few guys you’ve dated–from what you’ve told
     me– 
I mean frankly– … Yeah. I said, Marcie, they might be
like very charming, y’know, and with great jobs, but frankly–
what it comes down to is, Let’s hit the bed,
and in the morning, Thanks for the excellent coffee. Y’know?
But this guy– … What? It’s Jason. Yeah.
So I said Marcie, from what you’ve said, Jason sounds
     different–
and from what Bob said about him also. … Bob knows him 
from some project last fall. So I said Marcie, you’ve had, what,
two coffees, two lunches, and a dinner, and he still hasn’t– …
No, Bob says he’s definitely straight. …
I think there was a divorce like six years ago or something. But
     my–
What? … That’s right, yeah, I did. At Nathan’s party after some
     show …
Yeah, “The Duchess of Malfi,” I forgot I told you. What? …
Only for five minutes–one cigarette, y’know? … Kind of low-
     Key,
like thoughtful. But my point is– … Yeah, exactly! So I said,
Marcie, this is a guy who understands, y’know,
that bed is like part of something, y’know?
Like it’s not the big objective for godsake. It’s like an aspect–
What? … Exactly–it’s an expression of something much more–
Yes!–it’s like, Can we be companions in life, y’know?
So I said, Marcie, for godsake–if you don’t give this guy
like a serious chance, somebody else–y’know? … Right, 
I mean let’s face it– … Jen? I’m losing you here–am I breaking
     up?
Jen, I’ll call you from the airport–Okay bye. 

—Mark Halliday

Poetry 180

About the Poet

Mark Halliday is the author of six poetry collections, including Keep This Forever (Tupelo Press, 2008). Halliday earned a BA and an MA from Brown University, and a PhD from Brandeis University.

Learn more about Mark Halliday at The Poetry Foundation.