Photography © Chad Parenteau


Running The Statue of Liberty on Our 2020 Thanksgivings
          after Johannes Goransson

To write a poem about turkeys
while turkeys are cooked is my scam
a November scam I do it
while drinking beer of Pilsner
out of a bottle
but I have to get rid of it
the bottle before the party starts
the party of no one else allowed
to enter this bubble you’ll need
a picture of yourself or a mirror
to stand in front of to prove you belong
with a Turkey feather in your mouth
To prove whose childhood this is
in my idiot arms I’m holding a pie
I’m reading the captions on the news
I’m carrying flowers for all the newly dead


John Stickney is a poet and writer originally from Cleveland, Ohio, currently residing in the Wilmington, NC area.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine.