Despite his reputation as a remover of obstacles, Ganesha clutches lotus flower, tasty pastry and scepter, chubby body entombed within block of granite. His eight arms are cramped as he enfolds bare-breasted stone women. It’s all he can do to clutch staff and sceptre. Phallic trunk curled, stone eyes stare toward museum tourists, possibly heaven. Gawky boys pass and point, awkward in adolescence, trapped between child and man, betrayed by their own grotesque bodies.
Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming publications: Like a B Movie and Camille Mobilizes, (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net
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