Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Get Lost

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Get Lost

Article excerpt

When I hear that boy sing, I said, every other

Boy becomes a disappointment. Tiny wince

Like the sound of a beetle underfoot. Sure it hurts

But it should hurt sometimes. I think this is the part

Where the fiddle slips in beside me & tries for

The heart, a photo stuck in someone else's book.

As it turns out, you can't even take the girl out

Of the South. A good porch is hard to leave,

& that's the truth. Gardenias & a hand-rolled smoke.

A fingerbone of moon tapping at the screen door. Who

You're looking for depends on who wants to know. You know,

I have a cotton dress & a closed-mouth smile for any occasion.

You went for your keys. I went to pull what I thought

Was a tangle out of my hair, but found a tiny braid

I reckon you must've made while I was sleeping. Nice try.

You can't kiss me & expect to leave a prayer like that behind.

Out here, some things are fixed with a hot shower, some

With a better lock on the door. When you see a girl propped

In her chair like a shotgun still warm, I think you know: that's no

Riddle. …

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