Reading Sartre by the Creek Not an S, more like a furious scribble, that cottonmouth charging me. Wet-black, thick whip cleaving creek-side grass and horseweed in harsh whispers. Wild thrash of body. Wide ghost of mouth. I've dreamt this, a snake attacking, woke worried what it could mean. But now, the snake real, I grin at each strike and miss, at speed, quick as pain travels through flesh, grin at how the day's suddenly filled with a sureness: no debate what I should do; no mystery of its intent. And the why: a rock bass shines on the bank, fat and deadly flat. Lisa Linsalata The Barter Right after the rape I went hunting for Phil, this drug dealer I'd known from before, on Beacon Hill, where I'd lived in a place with no shades and cockroaches that trolled my mouth till I learned to sleep with it shut. His windows looked in on mine, across cement gardens. First time he came over he gave me a bundle of joints and a wooden recorder. 86 He said he'd seen me through the windows would I like to get high and ride his Harley. A biker with a black
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 25, 2009
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