23 December 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 4

Motives for Buying (or Loving): According to Sears, Roebuck & Co.

to make or save money for praise to be

popular to escape pain to be in style

for cleanliness to avoid criticism to save

time to save energy for enjoyment to

conserve our possessions for affection

to gratify curiosity to be like persons

above us to satisfy a craving for the


About the author:

Danielle Aquiline is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's MFA program in poetry. She teaches Composition at Columbia. Danielle is also an artist-in-residence with Chicago's Poetry Centers and enjoys taking poetry into elementary classrooms through this project. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pebble Lake Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Wicked Alice, and Eleventh Muse.

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