Joshua Marie Wilkinson
If each story
In the movie
at the pancake house. These aren't even movie sets.
One woman kicks another in the bathroom stall,
Another question which starts with the word if
Swimming in the river
A snake in the dead boy's mouth.
Gin rummy. Your slick way of saying alright
I've come all the way back
mistakes your uncle
Over Christmas last year my mother taught me how to play Gin Rummy. My brother is very good at games. But when her turn is up my mother likes to peer over our shoulders and make cooing and clucking sounds to indicate possible unseen manuevers and/or dubious, ill-thought out strategies. The poem was written after seeing Allison Maletz's photographs at Capsule Gallery in NYC. It's for Jason and Tracy Zuzga.