skinner's analysis of verbal behavior: Listener discriminations
A listener discrimination is a nonverbal response to another’s verbal behavior.
With our son on my lap I ask
where’s your nose?
& he taps it lightly
a question mark
stuck in his eyes
It’s too early I think too early
for him to allow someone else
to give his body
Brandon Thurman is the author of the chapbook Strange Flesh (Quarterly West, 2018). His poetry can be found in The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nashville Review, RHINO, and others. He lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with his husband and son. You can find him online at brandonthurman.com or on Twitter @bthurman87.