We bought our Ford Falcon
for $200. There were spiders
in the ashtrays.

You kept a closet full of
men’s XL shirts and always
used the upstairs bathroom.

The dogs slept with us,
longwise, like dogs. And
then the dogs died.

It was colder in October
than February. The leaves
kept on falling.

Shawn turned twelve
then saddled up Copper
and rode away.

You left me at the airport
with $200 and three shirts.
Men’s medium.

Selected byMaria Mazzenga
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Eliot Jacobson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. Eliot was Associate Professor of Mathematics at Ohio University and Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer of Computer Science at U.C. Santa Barbara. Eliot retired from academia in 2009. Eliot was among the first professors at UCSB to institute automated plagiarism checking into his Computer Science courses.

Eliot founded Jacobson Gaming, LLC in 2006. His company specialized in casino table game design, advantage play analysis, game development, and mathematical certification. Eliot worked internationally with casino surveillance and management, helping to uncover scams, detect cheats and advise on game security. Eliot’s business “Certified Fair Gambling” used statistical methods to audit, police and safeguard online casino games.

Eliot fully retired in 2017 and now enjoys his new full-time career as a grandfather, husband and volunteer.