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© COPYRIGHT 2019.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Drew Cook

 

Our Time in the Wilderness

 

 

The realest fears

                                        solar panels

women in motorcars

                                        inductive reasoning

justice

             birthed

             a lifetime

                                        in red dirt

in brown dirt

                          hitching up outside

                                                                  the cowboy

                                                                  church

                                        Kafka for folks

who don’t read

                                        Kafka

                                                     as if Texans

need to be tricked

                                        into being Baptist


Goliath

 

 

 

 

what about

                            Gath-on-Gath

crime   what

                            about Chicago

what    about

                            urban Gittites

 

three children    new iPhone

Snap card

                            we’re burning up

like July

in Sugar Land

afraid

of our                  hometowns

that the check   of our whiteness

will bounce        o lord won’t you

knock a tall        man down

 

 

 


 

Linen & Wool After Labor Day

 

 

Keep those gimps out

                                          of the temple

                                          get a tattoo

against tattoos

                                          don’t let

a lady ovulate

you into hell

 

bake a white

lemon zest

cake

              for

                                          your rapist

 

shellac & impale

outside the bakery                   

                                          a ward against

                                          butter & garlic

over prawns

                                          dredged

                                          from the dead mouth

of the Mississippi

 
 

Drew S. Cook studies, teaches and eats shellfish at and around the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His current poetic project interrogates the mythological underpinnings of evangelical whiteness. His poems have appeared in Pleiades and Nimrod, and he is a Co-Executive Editor at Trio House Press.