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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2019



by David Spicer


poured on DearsDarlins

thicker than raspberry syrup

over pancakes. I liked Schmoozy:

charming as a walking cocktail waiter

at a literati-snotty pawty, he'd cuddle

up to a neck of pearls & whisper

yum-yums into its dry ears. Of course,

all the femmes frowned inside,

cooed like drunk bambinas,

Schmoozy wiseless. That’s what his Daddy

taught him, peeps, that was Daddy’s lingo

toward the babes. My heart flopped

its ventricles when I listened & sneers

leered like Manpower filing clerks.

I wanted to say, Schmoozy, don’t do this

to yourself, but he’d just say, Works for me,

Bubby Boy, works for me. Once or twice, too,

it did: I watched one babe follow him

to his ’Vette: he'd feel her titties for a popsicle

second, & then she'd bite him on his oily lips.

Another lady bird let him tongue her collarbone

sinkhole & she moaned, No, honey

bunny, you can’t have any, not now, not ever,

not in your pussy-pawing dreams. Ole Schmoozy,

he crawled off, dickless dick between his thighs,

cried all night long until I sang him

his favorite song, I Can’t Get No Nookie,

& ole Schmoozy Woozy'd swing back into action

the next night at the latest literati-snotty pawty.



David Spicer has poems in Tipton Poetry Journal, Santa Clara Review, Reed Magazine, The Literary Nest, Synaeresis, Yellow Mama, Hamilton Stone Review, Chiron Review, Alcatraz, Gargoyle, Third Wednesday, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Everybody Has a Story and five chapbooks; his latest chapbook is From the Limbs of a Pear Tree (Flutter Press).

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019