Spitshine, and: Semen

Spitshine, and: Semen Emily Van Kley Spitshine Ask about children. I’ll waver. There is the tyranny of bedtime to consider. Sloshed milk & split chins. Plastic tortoise figurines that bruise the arches. Children ask for buttered noodles & cartoon marathons; they want to be naked all the time. My grandmother who visits does not hold with nudity. She believes one beer puts you on the road to disaster. Take her own aunt, who at 50 dyed her hair black & made her eyes up until they shone bright as bowling balls, drank so much when she played cards she’d shimmy out of her corset & flourish it around the table, with its underarm sweat stains & whalebone still holding the swell of her shape. Mornings, my teenaged grandmother cleared cracked beer bottles & overburdened ashtrays. To this day, she says the smell puts her o√. ii It is a sober winter with the streets bare in December, the iced toboggan run that keeps melting down to fall’s anemic bluegrass, the neighbor kids playing in ever-browning piles of maple leaves. Rakish, you walk sideways on the busted-up sidewalk, like something blown. When you wear the boiled wool hat with the flipped brim, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Spitshine, and: Semen

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Emily Van Kley Spitshine Ask about children. I’ll waver. There is the tyranny of bedtime to consider. Sloshed milk & split chins. Plastic tortoise figurines that bruise the arches. Children ask for buttered noodles & cartoon marathons; they want to be naked all the time. My grandmother who visits does not hold with nudity. She believes one beer puts you on the road to disaster. Take her own aunt, who at 50 dyed her hair black & made her eyes up until they shone bright as bowling balls, drank so much when she played cards she’d shimmy out of her corset & flourish it around the table, with its underarm sweat stains & whalebone still holding the swell of her shape. Mornings, my teenaged grandmother cleared cracked beer bottles & overburdened ashtrays. To this day, she says the smell puts her o√. ii It is a sober winter with the streets bare in December, the iced toboggan run that keeps melting down to fall’s anemic bluegrass, the neighbor kids playing in ever-browning piles of maple leaves. Rakish, you walk sideways on the busted-up sidewalk, like something blown. When you wear the boiled wool hat with the flipped brim,

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