The Poetic Hill

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Award-winning DC poet Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: “Count the Waves,” “I Was the Jukebox(winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize) and “Theories of Falling” (winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize), as well as a disability memoir, “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life.” She wrote the poem below for a themed group reading at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018, and it recently appeared as the Poem of the Week in that organization’s e-newsletter.

The mission of Split This Rock is to explore and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change and to foster a national network of socially engaged poets. For more, visit; to see archived Poems of the Week at “The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database,” go to

     Customer Service Is
     We take pride in serving the
     We’re accustomed to servicing the
     Please take the attached
     Please answer these six
     Please answer these eight
     This will only be a quick
     If microphones don’t reach, then
     If ramps are required, then
     If you need audio, then
     If you need visual, then
     We request one week’s
     We request one month’s
     All reasonable requests will
     A flock of surveys is a surveillance.
     A stampede of stairs is an architecture.
     An expectation of elevators is a favor.
     An ‘oh-crap’ of crips is a caucus.
     But I have an aunt who is
     I had a friend who was
     We practice best
     We follow the
     You have to see our
     You have to stand up for
     Your help is so
     Your answers will be

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