2022 Issue  >  Poetry  >  Ode to Bupropion

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Artwork by Mario Loprete

Ode to Bupropion

Nina Clements

Oh, bupropion, you culprit 

of small disasters, little shames.

The woman with the shaking

hands 

should not pour the wine  

or empty the can of crushed

tomatoes into the hot pot of oil and

onions— 

how you loved that fresh tomato

sauce. You have ruined so many

sleeves with your spilt wine from small 

 

plastic cups, so flimsy.  

Wine like rain, splashed 

on mere acquaintances.

  

It is the tax for getting out  

of bed most of the time. 

Oh drug, old lover, 

 

you are not always 

so steady 

in your effects.

Nina Clements earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of the chapbook Set the Table, published by Finishing Line Press, and the poetry collection Our Mother of Sorrows, published by Urban Farmhouse Press. Originally from Pittsburgh, she works as a librarian in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mario Loprete is an Italian artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro. His Concrete Sculptures series makes use of personal clothing. Imbued within the works, his memory and his DNA activate within the viewer a mode of postmodern archeology that transforms his pieces into urban artifacts.