Mary Kennan Herbert

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On the Couch

Herbert, Mary Kennan

Last Updated: May-10-2002
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Coulehan, Jack

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


I am feeling crabby / unlikely to reveal any hidden tidbits . . . Yet, the narrator gamely decides to continue psychotherapy, hoping to "crack open" the shell and discover the "succulent confessions" that lie within. She recalls her neighbor telling her about soft-shelled crabs and the adventurous day she ordered them for the first time at "a favorite hangout of my past." Sure enough, she ate the crabs, and "I was so pleased with myself / trying some exotic new dish" and not being afraid. [35 lines]

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