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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

Hey, Aunt Libby

 

by Alex Salinas

 

Hey, Aunt Libby,

When I told you how good you looked

Without your wig,

Just your bald head,

And you told me told me

It’s always the guy’s fault

Why men and women fight,

Because you should know after two marriages,

And I should know too,

That’s probably why our coffee and donut holes

From Dunkin tasted so good,

Because there

In that packed lobby at eight o’clock on Sunday night,

All bets were off,

All wigs off,

We left it all on that wobbly, sticky little table,

And despite a bunch of kids and parents surrounding us

I gave zero f’s

Reading you Etheridge Knight’s

“Feeling Fucked Up,”

Because turns out we were really there to talk about our hearts,

And it was good hearing you laugh loud to such a sad poem,

Good for me to laugh with you,

Forget my pride, drown out

Whoever was listening in on us

Having, probably,

The best conversation in the house.

 

 

 

Alex Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, and will earn a master’s degree in English language and literature, also from St. Mary’s, in December 2019.

 

His poems have been published in the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Review, The Rye Whiskey Review, and Duane’s PoeTree. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Every Day Fiction, Mystery Tribune, Nanoism, escarp, 101 Words, 101 Fiction, 121 Words, 365tomorrows, and Friday Flash Fiction.

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Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019