Photography © Glenn Bowie

 

Wagner

It’s that strange opening to Prelude
where the nuns start crying
and then dig in their black hand bags
for butter mints stolen from the latest
legal Catholic wedding, my aunt’s
to her Elvis look-alike husband,
Fish Hanger. The paddles of canoes
dip into the milk of 1899
and turn it to ice cream on a stick.
The grass is like limeade.
The potions are fierce, or as the French
say, fierce. The wheel
of fortune has the emblems
of eyeballs and alphabets. The deputies
eat fried chicken at a picnic table.
The lights flood the night
like a river exploding; my aunt
gets pregnant 14 times all in one
evening, and her house resembles
a riverboat; we are there for her
with a gallon of wine when it all
crumbles like a mastodon into the bonfire.

 

Rustin Larson’s writing appears in the anthologies Wild Gods (New Rivers Press, 2021) and Wapsipinicon Almanac: Selections from Thirty Years (University of Iowa Press, 2023). Recent poems have appeared in London Grip, Poetry East, The Lake, Poetryspace, Pirene’s Fountain, and Lothlorien Poetry Journal. His chapbook The Cottage on the Hill was published by Cyberwit.net in April of 2022. He is on faculty in Maharishi International University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.