Poem (after Frank O’Hara)

James Harden is a Sixer!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it was trade deadline day
the rumors were swirling
and the beard is growing
and you said it was happening
but I wasn’t sure–it was confusing
like being hit on the head
And I was in such a hurry
but traffic was acting exactly
like sports talk radio
and suddenly I receive a text
there is no ring in Houston
there is no chip in Brooklyn
I have left many jobs
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually asked to be traded
oh James Harden we love you get up

Gina Myers is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including most recently Some of the Times, published by Barrelhouse Books in 2020. She lives in Philadelphia where she co-edits the tiny with Emma Brown Sanders.

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