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Literature : Word Choice


Jeanne Cassanova, In the wake of awake, 2007, acrylic, resin, glitter, and fabric on canvas, 36 × 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Slogfish Ballet

It’s another 5th Ave umbrella man

asleep in my car this time, another

shabby raincoat or shipwreck bluing

in the cold-twinkly morning stars.

Some folks enjoy living alone.

Others simply whistle the brisk

carnival through first light or birds.

With me, it’s simple as a toy revolver

trimly gambled or the better cake

of a small jade Buddha. With me,

it’s simple as laughing with the orange-

suited clean-up crews who piss against

the one-way glass. Anyone can scream

a fat train of rubies or shout like the man

selling vegetables. I’m inclined to

cock-a-doodle-do in these situations.

We all sober-up in the lighthouse where

bric-a-brac gathers in the elephant clouds.

 

Catalog for the Yardcar

Not the blue dress of the blind girl

hanging on the street lamp

like a rubber snake nor the dwarfish

pope playing “The Bird’s the Word”

on the jukebox, not the turnbuckle

screwball of the hotdog man, his

Moose Lodge entourage covered

in mustard stains, not glass-eyed

peddlers eating crushed lightbulbs

nor Ready-Teddy with a confetti

cannon in the giddy-up garden,

not the measured breath of Shorty

Trombone clocking towards

the greenish moon of late-pressed

grapes nor Atrabilious Bellows

singing hallelujah with a butterfly

knife for a few slim customers

crouched beside the Oldsmobile.

 

Austin LaGrone, born in Baton Rouge, is the author of Oyster Perpetual, winner of the 2010 Idaho Prize for Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2011). He teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He lives in an old leather factory in Brooklyn.

Jeanne Cassanova was brought up in New Orleans. Her childhood was steeped in a mix of Mardi Gras excess, Catholic guilt, the overindulgence of an Italian family, the richness of the French Quarter, and the awareness of fragility every hurricane season. She earned her MFA at the University of Houston, in 2008. She currently lives and works in the city that raised her.

 

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