In the campus courtyard,
two girls with Greek on their sweaters
talk shop-boys, hangovers,
stylists, then at last,
the assigned pages from
a fat tome on world religions,
lying like an open fist
on the wrapper-strewn grass
before them. Both confess failing
that last quiz over Islam.
I catch the word Zen
before one asks what the book means
by emptiness. The other
tugs her hot-pink bra strap, says:
That life is meaningless-
but, you know, in a good way

About the Poet

Michael Meyerhofer's second book, Blue Collar Eulogies, was published by Steel Toe Books. His first, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award. He has also won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Laureate Prize, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction and other journals, and can be read online at