Annmarie Lockhart Returns

Dribbling Jim Beam
By Annmarie Lockhart

she
swings
majestic
hips,
her own
metronome,
collarbones,
emblematic
of her fortune
slick
with heat
she leaves
a roomful
of carnivores
au jus,
drunk
on the promise
of never

(Author’s Note: This poem was written in response to a prompt posted by Meg Pokrass in Pokrass Prompts, a Facebook group for writing inspiration.)

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Regional Road Maps and Redemptions
By Annmarie Lockhart

Midget races
midget strip clubs
just-picked cantaloupe
by the shopping cart
schnitzel and stroganoff
Irish alfredo
various species of waterfowl
and large winged insects
fireworks
gun shows
invitations from strangers
to spend the night
at a snake cabin–
let’s face it: some things
are just easier to find
south of the Mason-Dixon line.

After landing somewhere technicolor
that definitely was not Kansas,
I handed the check to the wrong
waiter and received a local menu
for our party in return. With a smile,
I said, “You can’t swing a dead cat
without hitting a nondenominational
church around here.”
“Well, ma’am, consecrations and
absolutions should be as easily had
as a tax write-off for a rich man
in this temptation-rife world,
am I right?”

We declined the snake cabin in favor
of the schnitzel and said a novena
to St. John the Apostle for the safe
delivery of writers to literary redemption.

Bio
Annmarie Lockhart is the founding editor of Vox Poetica, an online literary salon dedicated to bringing poetry into the everyday. She is also the founder of unbound CONTENT, an independent publisher for a boundless age. A lifelong resident of Bergen County New Jersey, she lives two miles east of the hospital where she was born.

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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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One Response to Annmarie Lockhart Returns

  1. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    Love Annmarie’s fantastic poems! Perfection!

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