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by David Spicer



Your disgusting feet smell

like oysters! Coco erupted,

driving the ’54 Eldorado

convertible while I played

“Will O’ the Wisp” on the trumpet

in the back, my legs propped

up against the front passenger seat.

Do you know that if I eat a lemon

now, the lack of stink will

castrate me? I asked. Headed

for the west coast, the two of us,

afraid of boarding airplanes, eat

a bag of plums, bananas, and limes

all day. Think we’ll make it

to the Russian Roulette party tonight?

Coco inquired, her coils of brown hair

blowing underneath her cap. Don’t know.

I’d rather watch silent movies

about cannibals in the White House.

Yeah, me too, Coco said, or play

computer Scrabble, tossing the red

baseball cap that read Make America

Laugh Again onto the road.

Well, decide: we drive through the state

today in silence or I paint my nails

pomegranate before we hit the sack.

We could duct tape each other’s mouth,

I suggested. No, just cover

my nose or wrap your feet, dildo.





David Spicer has had poems in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, Yellow Mama, Rat’s Ass Review, Reed Magazine, Slim Volume, The New Verse News, North Dakota Quarterly, Chiron Review, Alcatraz, Easy Street, Bad Acid Laboratories, Inc., and Prime Number, among others. He has been nominated for a Best of the Net twice and a Pushcart, and is the author of one full-length collection of poems, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke's Press, 1987), and four chapbooks. He is also the former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books.

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