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Ape Analysis

Author: poem of Russell Edson Type: poem Views: 7

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  You haven't finished your ape, said mother to father,

who had monkey hair and blood on his whiskers.

  I've had enough monkey, cried father.

  You didn't eat the hands, and I went to all the

trouble to make onion rings for its fingers, said mother.

  I'll just nibble on its forehead, and then I've had enough,

said father.

  I stuffed its nose with garlic, just like you like it, said


  Why don't you have the butcher cut these apes up? You lay

the whole thing on the table every night; the same fractured

skull, the same singed fur; like someone who died horribly. These

aren't dinners, these are post-mortem dissections.

  Try a piece of its gum, I've stuffed its mouth with bread,

said mother.

  Ugh, it looks like a mouth full of vomit. How can I bite into

its cheek with bread spilling out of its mouth? cried father.

  Break one of the ears off, they're so crispy, said mother.

  I wish to hell you'd put underpants on these apes; even a

jockstrap, screamed father.

  Father, how dare you insinuate that I see the ape as anything

more thn simple meat, screamed mother.

  Well what's with this ribbon tied in a bow on its privates?

screamed father.

  Are you saying that I am in love with this vicious creature?

That I would submit my female opening to this brute? That after

we had love on the kitchen floor I would put him in the oven, after

breaking his head with a frying pan; and then serve him to my husband,

that my husband might eat the evidence of my infidelity . . . ?

  I'm just saying that I'm damn sick of ape every night,

cried father.


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The way I see it, this poem is more a macabre parallelization than anything else. He\'s sick of having an ape every night? Well, clearly so is she. Only he\'s sick of having a literal ape for dinner, and she\'s sick of having him (who acts like an ape) in her bed every night.

| Posted on 2011-01-23 | by a guest

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The moral of this poem is that you might be so caught up in a secret, that you just end up letting it out unintentionally. This is seen in the second to the last stanza "Are you saying...infidelity...?" She just lets everything out and the whole time, the father was not insinuating that.

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest

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