Nutrition facts


In my diet-cola dream life—

tanned, fast-carred, DVD’d , G-strung,

siliconed and lipo’d, all low-sodium,

without calories, no carbs or protein—

my percent daily values

based on a 2,000 calorie diet

(with phenylalanine and potassium benzoate

to protect flavor)

bring me to the the mirror

where I want to see taut skin and ribs,

bulging biceps, pecs like butterfly wings.

Instead, I understand total fat.


Published by

Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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