Today's poem is "Instructions for Vigilant Girls"
from Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls

Anhinga Press

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, and Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in journals including The New Republic, Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, and on Slate.com. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.

Other poems by Erika Meitner in Verse Daily:
October 4, 2010:   "To Whom It May Concern:" "Please excuse me from the meeting...."
September 22, 2010:   "May the World to Come Be Neon, Be Water" "because my shoes are too tight...."
October 2, 2007:   "The Bar Code of Love" " I brandished the wand & pushed..."
February 11, 2004:  "Fathom" "A large man holding his arms..."

Books by Erika Meitner:

Other poems on the web by Erika Meitner:
Four poems
"Big Box Encounter"
Two poems
Two poems
Six poems
"Not a Poem About Driving at Night"
"Vinyl-Sided Epiphany"

Erika Meitner's Website.

Erika Meitner According to Wikipedia.

About Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls:

"Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls is a sexy, funny, smart book full of crack-the-whip language. Meitner climbs the scaffolding of different kinds of rhetoric -- the abduction narrative, the extraterrestrial encounter, the customs declaration form, the marriage vow -- to provide startling insight into questions of truth and its constructions. For its music, for its stylistic variety, for its ambition, and for its delights, this instruction manual proves its worth again and again."
—Beth Ann Fennelly

"These cool, hot poems about women and girls in danger and on the prowl, coming of age and being of age, are full of startling detail and vivid setting. Meitner's range, wit, compassion and her alertness to the moments where domestic and collective experience intersect, make these poems memorable. This book is a seriously good read."
—Daisy Fried

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