Interview with Doctor Drink
by J. V. Cunningham
I have a fifth of therapy
In the house, and not transference there.
Doctor, there's not much wrong with me,
Only a sick rattlesnake somewhere
In the house, if it be there at all,
But the lithe mouth is coiled. The shapes
Of door and window move. I call.
What is it that pulls down the drapes,
Disheveled and exposed? Your rye
Twists in my throat: intimacy
Is like hard liquor. Who but I
Coil there and squat, and pay your fee?