- Boys for Mêlée
Militarized children practice at killing.Tadpole—who never learned how to firea gun—picks up a musket. His cheeks are rosylike an out-of-practice drag queen, like a childsneaking in front of Mother’s mirror and slidinglipstick twice: eyes below eyes. Who wouldn’twant to look this good in epaulettes and pokeholes through a rookery of balloons? So muchpop, a surplus of blood. Do you break out potsto catch all the slush? This is the goal of the mmo:to shoot, to win. His avatar bandies with a bayonet,froggy limbs embracing that sleek passado.One thousand minié balls shawled up in the pagesof an instruction manual. This is how armiesare built behind keyboard and dial tone, toysoldiers painted over in unknowable colors. [End Page 139]
JD Scott is the author of two chapbooks: FUNERALS & THRONES (Birds of Lace Press) and Night Errands (YellowJacket Press). Recent and forthcoming publications include Best American Experimental Writing, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, the Pinch, the Baltimore Review, Hotel Amerika, Apogee, and elsewhere. Visit www.jdscott.com.