Amy Wright's second poetry collection, Cracker Sonnets, is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press on July 5, 2016. In the meantime, she's gathering tales of local yodelers, spit turners, and other Holy Mackerels.

Jax Ovie Blows Perfect Smoke Rings

in Farnham’s Musty Playhouse



Morning throttles Jax’s motor,

lowers her frost skirt for him,

if someone else’s bride.  Let Lambs

work their way up class ladders

with Starter hats and Nikes, he

thinks when Colleen clicks past

ignoring catcalls, heels snapping concrete,

a jar of maraschino cherries jiggling, ready

to be tossed into her Alka-Seltzer

before she drops wasp-waisted onto the

stage apron, owing nothing to no man

and off all day tomorrow.