Valerie Bandura‘s poem “Step Right Up” was first published in Issue 78 (Fall 2012) of the minnesota review. Since then, Bandura has just released a new book of poetry, Freak Show (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books, 2013). Bandura’s poems have also appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. You can read more about Bandura’s most recent book on her website.
Step Right Up
This is how I see it:
from the same mother came two fists—I mean sisters,
and in one was hidden a prize. Any sane person
would guess the sane sister won.
I don’t know, sometimes I think
the other sister was spared, thinking she’s sane.
You tell me. Here we are: