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Oral Hygiene

Fred Zirm 

So much of floss is loss

mostly waste wrapped round

your fingers to keep

the center tightrope taut

between your teeth as you

scrape them clean and try

to defeat the decay

that will come anyway

despite the minute debris

you flick onto your own

face frozen in the mirror.

After earning a B.A. and M.A. in English from Michigan State and an M.F.A. from the Playwrights Workshop at University of Iowa, Fred Zirm taught English and drama for almost forty years at an independent school for boys in Maryland. Since retirement, he has continued to direct plays but have also focused on writing. His poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction have been published in more than a dozen literary journals or anthologies, including Still Crazy, Voices de la Luna, NEAT, The Rejected Quarterly, cahoodadoodaling (Pushcart Prize nominee), Greek Fire, Poeming Pigeons, and Objects in the Rearview Mirror. Fred’s poetry chapbook, Object Lessons, was published in January 2021 by Main Street Rag.

He once spent a month traveling through Greece by bicycle on his own

Diego Gonzalez

Fred Zirm

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