Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Reserved Seating

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Reserved Seating

Article excerpt

the VIP section

is pure buttermilk until I arrive

these seats are not for sale

the length of a whip away

from the end zone the sideline

the long jump pit

close enough

to see beads of sweat

to smell fear

but far enough away

to not get any on them

in these comfortable seats

nobody stands after the anthem

or yells or screams at referees

and nobody moves their feet

when I attempt

to walk down the aisle

but they all check their tickets

as if needing to confirm

that this isn't general admission

but prime seating

reserved for them

and not for us

they steal glances sideways

clear their throats and wait

for an explanation I refuse to give

I pretend disinterest

pretend I don't hear

when they forget they aren't alone

pretend I don't notice

how they glare

at the undisciplined bodies

wearing the other color

and how nasty and mean they get

when their boys aren't winning

University of Kentucky

[Author Affiliation]

Frank X Walker is a multidisciplinary artist and the 2013-2014 Poet Laureate of Kentucky. …

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