The American Journal of Poetry
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Jevin Lee Albuquerque

Fly Fishin' Fix

 

camp-night-seven         no shower

 

tomorrow…

                        hotel     on the cheap

edge of town

                        country folk spice

 

caucexicanasian            meth-live-in

 

price fluctuate   me $67      $87    next

“don’t want trouble      secretary

call owner                      my room

 

bed relax          freedom            sigh

                       

girl screamin’      “can’t go anymore, please!

           

            tight-dress-parking-lot

 

feller on grill

                       

                        young man

 

sidekick                                    laughter

 

I’m tired       pull away

call police         front desk

charge              high-heel-slippin’

     

            black n’ white dress

 

I’m leavin’      gettin’   picked-up

 

laughter             cue

 

doors open

 

shut-out-thoughts          prostitution

meth-Mary-go-round-the-campfire

hollerin’            FREEDOM

 

 

soccer on tv      relaxin’

a good night’s sleep before

work with the kanga-rooooooooos

 

at fair                affairs

one-day            giggin’

           

            noise

                        outside            

 

drop-off           passenger

           

            girl-carrying-girl           

 

black n’ white dress

                       

heels  hand                   feller

 

quick-help-haul

                                    fatigue-body-helpless   

 

back room        inside

kid laughter       door-slam-shut

 

speed   car                  family

youngest           out hotel

rooooooom      blowin’            

                                                b u b b l e s

 

 

 

JEVIN LEE ALBUQUERQUE recently completed his third full-length novel, Hawgfish.  A semi-finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom competition and recent Pushcart Prize nominee, his prose and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals.  Two of his works, a poem and short story, were translated by Bernard Turle and can be found in the French collectif, Poussières Du Monde (Éditions François Bourin, 2014).  He has a degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA.

 

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