In theory, state-of-art technology
detects your hands with sensor
to release one measured shot of lather.
Like a young and faithful spouse this attractive,
high performance, counter mount dispenser
puts out reliably and freely (many times before
it needs attention) ample metered doses of
luxurious ejaculate. To activate
just wave your hand for
perfect handwash magic.
In practice, in museum’s powder room,
old sensor’s eye goes roving.
Nothing happens when you move your hands
to beckon soap. But touch-free motion
merely in vicinity of spigot (calibrated not
to waste a single drop of cleansing rinse)
causes precious foam to shoot robotically,
repeatedly, and, useless as an aged philanderer,
trickling its fluid down the drain.
Catherine Lee explores poetry’s percussive jazz voice and social change activism by reading solo and performing with improvising musicians “on poem.” Since 1976, Lee’s multifaceted writing has appeared in small press publications and anthologies, both in print and online. Lee collaborates with media artists to create crossover educational works that traverse thought boundaries. Her annotated jazz-related poetry was featured in the July 2020 "Music" Issue 5 of Northampton Poetry Review, pages 63-74. Multimedia poetry, documentary videos, and radio specials are archived on Soundcloud and VIMEO. She blogs about notable musical/poetic collaborations on Facebook/Jazz Ovation Inn, and markets writing/editing services on Cat at Jazz Ovation Inn.