Triple River Citys Cultural Editing
Quintessential blue-collar, triple river cities, like
All dragon sight, sound, smell, for the period of high steel
Could recite, probably even backwards, data about imports,
The auto industry, war, foreign trade, ethnic neighborhoods,
Speculative fiction was not so hot as was hard
science in the Sputnik/Dot.com Era,
During which slipstream, steam punk,
as well as urban fantasy, ruled
Private fairytales of six digit-earning dreamers who scratched
Despite their pert secretaries, corner offices and access to
Few geeks aligned themselves in ways which opposed nominal
Country clubs called more softly than did free lunches,
In-house doctors, dry cleaning pickup, also laudatory
Featuring employs able to improve wireless or other convergent
Accordingly, social playthings complimented each other,
Proscribed symmetry, spin, respect for thick glasses, entire
Built of McMansions, a newfound respect for algebra, Latin,
AP Chemistry, buggy design, salty pretzels, texts sly with
Under those conditions, briefly snagging readers
Fleshy offerings served up under the guise of: underdog
heroes, the fabric
Of animal controllers vanquishing bobcats from northern
Maybe, the esteem captured from graduates from MIT, CMU,
These days, authors remain well advised to consider both their
Plus the library patrons who palm phone booth change or pick
Seeking cell communicators, Star Trek memorabilia, LinkedIn
Lucky horseshoes, faked bar IDs, stick gum, unused
The transformation of breadwinners from sweats to suits,
Made clear, suddenly, universally, indisputably,
The problem with hybrids, half-baked notions, other mixed
In industry, like on the farm, mules get trumped by horses.
The trees talk, too.
Theirs are wonderful legends
Regarding olden folk.
My Fifty Year-Old Husbands Sprouting
My fifty year-old husbands sprouting well past
Manifest injuries, blues singing, researched hot tub
No mixture of mashed potatoes, mayonnaise, leeks, continue to
Him to last generations essential quality of charm.
The mans possessed of newfound tickets to potentially
Folk festivals, also Asian drumming circles, retro clothing
His multiply rewritten life script presently evokes
Entities devoid of the character sewn into our historical
Whereas some midlifers habits can be deterred
By ornate metal censers, he glows from all manners of sweet
Likewise, the practice of listing animals via alphabet letters
Nothing but garner extra thanks from this sudden stranger.
As though tradition forces him to pay
More than once for staid experience, he balks predictions.
Mundane witnessing cant dress a man refusing
Presumptive alembics, marital ways and means, age.