Tenacity, or Woopiedoo for the Finale
Hattie always was a survivor.
Even when fuel ran out,
she cut her rugs
to make thick coats for all of us
and pedaled through alleys foraging our food.
When the fall-out killed the rest of us,
armless and with only one leg,
Hattie was one of the 25 folks left,
battling with ants on the Mohave
for a last supper.
Louie Crew, 72, an Alabama native, is an emeritus
professor at Rutgers. He lives in East
Orange, New Jersey, with Ernest Clay, his husband of 35+ years.
Crew has edited special issues of College English and Margins. He has
written four poetry volumes: Sunspots (Lotus Press, Detroit, 1976) , Midnight Lessons (Samisdat, 1987), Lutibelle's Pew (Dragon Disks, 1990),
and Queers! for Christ's Sake!
(Dragon Disks, 2003). The University of
Michigan collects Crew’s papers.