Paisley Rekdal
Mae West: Advice

   Better to evoke drool, to vent, retort; better 
to banter than ebb, be a kook’s revel or bee in the beret  
than a bored tart. Bare those orbs! Rob those barons! To bait
boys, better be a lewd Lorelei than dowdy hetero 
drone. Don a boa, take a bow, take a lover, take a toke. Do it 
over and over. (And yet beware the ovary not bear 
a baby batter overdose!) Better to be Lotto than Keno, blotto on vino,
have one’s bed-vite written by bard than botanist. Better to be boned 
than bones. Oath, hath Saint Tits bit it? Never! Never! Never! Never! 
Better to be relevant yet wildly irreverent; to wrest 
away the old line throne than rest on tenterhooks. Better to be
than not to. To overtake, not be overtook. 
Hen to the rooster, tooth to the dentist?
Always better to be looked over, than overlooked.

Found In Volume 41, No. 06
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About the Author

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and four books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and most recently, Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon, 2016).