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Ghosts of Pennsylvania Nostrils

Speedballin’ on K-pins & Ritalin
A ghost of a villanelle for South Western Pennsylvania
by Christina M. Sparks

You said: you gotta crush it
between to credit cards going 75 down Route 8,
cut it smooth,

draw it out on your compact mirror,
roll your last dollar & snort that shit in 3 lines – one for the father, son & holy spirit.
You said: you gotta crush it

Lick the Devil’s share off the mirror.
You gotta let it roll over you, let it wash through your blood.
Cut it smooth.

Let the drip remind you of last summer – hush-hush wink-wink trips to the bathroom.
Remind you how to snort a line off a bar napkin.
You said: you gotta crush it

under strobe lights, when the drugs were free
& there was less desperation behind your eyes.
Cut it smooth.

You gotta crush it between two tablespoons,
cut it with the fumes in our gas lines,
draw it out on pink shut-off notices,
roll your last dollar & snort that.

previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance


Filed under: Fuck Art, Let's Dance

About the Author

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Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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