“Parnassus after the Muses Lost the Lease” by Colin Dodds

The creatures teeming
in the perfume and cigarette smoke
trace back equally
to Southeast Asian theogonies
and the discredited shopping malls
of junior high

Sirens muses minotaurs and carpool mothers
mingle in the roller rink bar
with local legends living legends lying legends
foundling satyrs and founding fathers

We’ve all seen better days
and are liable to do anything
But tonight it all seems to work
The universe is drunk
on us

Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job. His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at