Take your desire for cruelty and put on a show When you put on a show you have to modulate your voice
If you’re going to put on a show, better serve wine and libations It’s important to keep things romantic: rose petals, candles, really put on a show
Put on a show of looking really busy at work He certainly put on a show but as usual no one was paying any attention
It is possible you may one day coin the motto of an age—until then, just put on a show
Fake it till you make it, they said, but now that I’ve made it I still put on a show Only say “Put on a show” to a bartender you trust
We wanted to put on a show for them but didn’t have any wigs or anything If you put on a show, identity becomes more evidently a masquerade
You try to be sincere and it feels fake so you put on a show It smelled like ketchup when I got off the train, so I put on a show of sniffing the air
You can act crazy and put on a show in bed but you have to live with yourself in the morning Oh great I guess we all have to put on a show now
The task of the press is the education of the masses, but 9 times out of 10 they choose to just put on a show
To better dramatize the conflict of logic versus faith, why don’t you put on a show? We agree to put on a show because we’re too tired not to
The Cyclical Nature of Fashion
The former practice of 7-digit dialing was overtaken by 11-digit dialing last Sunday This arises from the former practice of installing doorbell-like mechanisms in coffins
I tried to explain to my mom that the former practice of turning out lights every time you leave a room doesn’t apply to fluorescents, but she wasn’t having it
I guess the former practice of kissing during sex has been retired
I’m revising the former practice of introducing non-diagetic music to my films; from now on, the characters will be able to hear the soundtrack, but the audience will not
We need to bring back the former practice of being massively dope and in your face It can’t exactly be the former practice if we’re still actively doing it
The former practice of “the happy dance” has been replaced with the inward smile This particular cliché describes the former practice of pursuing a pet topic—can you guess what it is?
Yes, we’re irreligious now; we never fully embraced the former practice of praying anyway The former practice of appearing live, in actual size makes you seem all the smaller now
The loss of the former practice of the smoking break has actually decreased productivity The former practice of sleeping with the fishes has been replaced by only sleeping with the fishes you really love
If we have to be in the office all day, can we bring back the former practice of naptime? Regarding scholastic aptitude tests: was the former practice to know the answers, or to guess?
The former practice was to choose a “trade school” if you weren’t a man of means Establishing a secret question was the former practice; at present the policy is no questions asked
-- Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a non-profit dedicated to the publication of literary work in hybrid genres. Her first collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from feminist publisher Switchback Books, and her collaborative collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (co-written with Elisa Gabbert) was published by Otoliths in 2008. Her latest chapbook, After Robinson Has Gone, has just been released by Greying Ghost Press.
Elisa Gabbert is the poetry editor of Absent and the author of The French Exit (Birds, LLC) and Thanks for Sending the Engine (Kitchen Press). Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Pleiades, Salt Hill, and Sentence, among other journals, and her nonfiction has appeared in Mantis, Open Letters Monthly, and The Monkey & The Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics. She currently lives in Boston and blogs at The French Exit.