ISSUE 1: SUMMER 2015 / POETRY

“The Sky Was Larger Than Los Angeles and New York City Having Mad Sex”

BY CATFISH MCDARIS

Angelinos with tattoos made of cocaine,
you could snort right off and watch
the skin change until the next time
they wanted to be a human billboard

Having invented the Magic Straw, I was
richer than Hitler, I bought a crib in the
Pecan Mountains and became a master of
disguise, I was a chameleon of accents

I used the funky names like Fink and Dipstick
and many more unsavory handles, my cook
was missing her thumb, I wondered if I ate it,
I looked up at the blue night and played mandolin

Deciding to give my money to homeless vets,
Native Americans, and the needy, I would ask
them to buy and cremate Mount Rushmore and
turn it into a vast vegetable garden and orchard.

Catfish McDaris won the Thelonius Monk Award in 2015. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His ancestors are from the Aniwaya Clan of the Cherokee Nation.

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