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Callaloo 26.3 (2003) 584

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( Stills )

Kevin Young

In fishnets her gams caught
any sucker she'd want.


The alley fills with bottles & dice
clinking like sidebets, whisky on ice.


Choose: heads you
win, tails I lose.


At the taboo parlor
the sailor gets inked: Mother.


She split so quick
I got motion sick.


Dusk finds the sandlot empty
as a cage, outfielders flown away


except for the third-hand jacket
warming home plate.


My billboard forehead,
her name all over it.


Kevin Young is Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003), To Repel Ghosts (2001), and Most Way Home (1995), selected by Lucille Clifton as part of the National Poetry Series and winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. His Blues Poems anthology will be published as part of the Everyman Pocket Poets series September 2003.

Copyright © 2003, Kevin Young.