by Christopher Prewitt
Assemblage on Kim and the Buffalo
When she kisses me, she leaves
rubies in my cheeks.
I sit here with the risen
white buffalo baby.
He forgives the man who killed him
for his pelt.
It is good to be nuzzled by the spirit.
I wish you all could feel what I feel
Between tongue and roof
the blueberry’s juices are everywhere.
I love my now purple teeth.
I feel that I love everyone
now and the sky isn’t full
of everyone who told me
I’d be sorry.
This is the precious fortune, the secret poorly kept.
I sat once miserable
for a job interview (eating rocks) and watched
men outside the boss’s door
trying to get a golf ball into a red plastic cup.
I thought in my short time this is
what I’ve done:
I’ve made my resume my gospel.
But my resume is not my gospel—
There is so much to love
I don’t care
Four legged animals with soft bellies forever
Heavy blue and red curtains that keep out the sun forever
The light of the Citgo on the county line at night forever
Synth pop and trip hop forever
Nicanor Parra forever
Sugary glazed pastries with strawberry mostly sometimes winter forever
Sweet chewable vitamins forever
I could go on
Soft kisses at first forever
Then the tongue gets involved and it’s magic forever
New Year’s confetti in the pockets of a tweed jacket forever
My dad winking smiling and bumping my fist forever
The red guitar and someone to play it forever
Carbonated soft drinks forever
Maria Bamford forever
Driving away from Blacksburg forever
League of extraordinary gentlemen forever
That rainy Tuesday afternoon in October 2011
with my cat sleeping a mechanical pencil
and a one subject notebook forever
Yokohama, California forever
Skeletal Lamping forever
Kim making me a better man forever
a little braver
with my imitation moonlight
check the liner notes
where your names are written
that greasy stone (organ)
I need it
to pump blood
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Christopher Prewitt is a writer from southern Appalachia. His poems, fiction, and reviews have appeared in The Four Way Review, the NewerYork, The Cafe Ireal, Ghost Ocean Magazine, Vinyl, The Iowa Review, among others. His awards include nominations for the Best of the Net anthology and the Pushcart Prize, as well as the Billie & Curtis Owens Creative Writing Award. He is a former poetry editor at Inscape and Minnesota Review. He is at work on a novel, a full-length collection of poetry, and he has a chapbook ms. under review by editorial staffs.
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photo by Angela M Campbell