Cue the shimmering footage of girlsin white stockings strolling for orange sodas.Then cue them to shred the sepia vestigesof skirts once swinging like chandeliers.
We’ve all worn boots and kicked them offto tunes in every genre and gin joint.Jazzed up or country swung, let’s croon a newjukebox: euphony not eulogy, loud
but not lewd. Let’s unscrew the stage lights,sing adieu to blank cartridges, beer coasters,tequila-gold walls riddled with peepholes.
We’ve recalled the chorus line, unboltedthe poles. We know how to let loose on our ownterms, tango or two-step, and in our own time. [End Page 62]
simone muench is the author of six books, including Wolf Centos and Orange Crush, both from Sarabande. Her recent collection Suture, from Black Lawrence, includes sonnets written with Dean Rader. She is an editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, published by Black Lawrence, and creator of the HB Sunday Reading Series in Chicago. She serves as a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and as a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly. *