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Neeli Straight Up


––after N. Cherkovski


he sings the praises of the usual cheap cigar and beer

downs literary discussion with cynical aplomb


followed by an increasing stream of genuine wanting

knows the differences between

established lines and those painfully condensed


through with sidewalks and battered ears

through with coming to the fore. simply saying

what he wants to say


which comes first? the low-life or the nose-blown bandana?


known to friends as Cherri—sweet, ripe and

goes easy into pastries like aching feet into felt-lined loafers


hank this hank that hank the other thing hank


but never mind. he blends into the necessary surroundings

be it cultural hub or blistering cement at noon


filling every available space with longing


for those angel days of haloes and wings

when suspense governed every effing moment


like a man taking blows in an alley

like a woman drunk on love and wobbling on 3-inch heels



[Originally published in NHS 2011, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs11/.]