more kinds of living than we
imagine surfing gossip
columns for the options fame
or money opens. Fortune
may elevate the homeliest
to matrimony or sequester
choice lulus in neotropical
—from "Bird-dung Mimic"
Poems from Cracker Sonnets have appeared previously in Quarterly West, Bluestem, and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry anthology. Read some of the true stories this cast of characters was based on and add your own to my list of Holy Mackerels.
skinny-dipping snapping turtles’
gene pool, tongues twisted
around eye teeth so they can’t see
what they’re saying.
—from "Blood Bath Baby"
There are things we don’t talk about—bodies
and what they do sliding toward each other
greasy as candle wicks,
the stink of mine drainage
in the North Chickamauga, a knot
of engine parts and spring shot sofa cushions
the color of Pangaea pulling itself back together.
—from "A List of Impaired Waters"