A somewhat uncultured, middle-aged
office woman came and told me about
something a man had said to her once,
something really witty about a bagel,

which had so startled her with its wittiness
that she hadn’t known what to say and
never forgot the ordeal.

It turns out she still had the actual bagel
too, and thought it must be the oldest bagel
in history. I assured her that bagels are
indestructible, so it should be safe to eat.


ELISABETH BLAIR is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and feminist podcaster. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Right Hand Pointing and Brickplight, and is forthcoming in Feminist Studies, cream city review, and S/tick. Her chapbook, We He She/It, is available through Dancing Girl Press. www.elisabethblair.net