Virtual Poetry Circle #115

The Other Man is Always French (page 38-40)
by Richard Peabody from Buoyancy and Other Myths (my review)

The other woman can be
a blonde or a redhead
but the other man
is always French.

He dresses better
than I ever will.

He can picnic
and stroll
with a wineglass
in one upraised hand.

Munch pate,
drink espresso,
and tempt with
ashy kisses.

He hangs out
at Dupont Circle
because the trees
remind him of Paris.

Did I mention sex?

Face it--
he's had centuries
of practice.

I'm an American.
What do I know?

He drives a fast car,
and can brood like
nobody's business,
while I sit home
watching ESPN.

He's tall and
chats about art--
I don't even want
to discuss that accent.

He's Mr. Attitude.

My fantasy is to call
the State Department
and have him deported.

Only he'll probably
convince you to marry him
for a green card.

No way I'm going to win--
the other man is
always more aggressive,
always more attentive.

The other man
is just too French
for words.

From now on
I'm going out
with statuesque German women

so next time we run
into each other
they can kick his butt
for me.

As part of the 115th Virtual Poetry Circle, I’d like to welcome you and hope you will read the above poem more than once.

I find reading poems out loud is helpful in understanding what they are talking about.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Molly Peacock’s books are a great resource about how to examine a poem.  She suggests selecting a line, a stanza, sentences, and images and look at the poem in pieces.

I’m looking to you to describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of Peacock’s book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2011 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry.

Please contribute to the growing list of 2011 Indie Lit Award Poetry Suggestions (NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN through Dec. 31, 2011) and visit the stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour from April.

Above all, have fun and join the discussion.


  1. I love this one! It’s fun!

  2. I found this poem very amusing. I must say that I hope Dupont Circle doesn’t look like Paris…that would be too disappointing! LOL

  3. This poem is priceless – what wit!

    I’m considering joining the poetry circle as I’ve just finished a (very) slim volume of poetry which was sent to me. I haven’t read any of Molly Peacock’s books, though, so I’m quite intimidated about making comments…

    • Join in any time, Debbie. We’re very low key here…and Molly Peacock merely says to talk about lines that strike you or images that strike you. Her books make it easy for “laymen” to read poetry, not so academic.

      I’ll have to check out your review of the poetry if you post it.