I’m not sure which part to shit on first It’s your turn to make jokes don’t you have a kid and a deep wooded accent
god damn it’s bright in here you can see every part of my face
if you stood any closer you might catch it in your pony tail
how many times a week do you eat chicken tacos i’m a self-loathing marauder so I don’t keep count with hate on your side it’s never too much
I Love Dolly, I Love Pastrami
The Long Now and Then was my nickname in high school.
because I used to long now and now that’s then.
now then, when i say “I live on Gentrification Street,” know that I’m referring to the Blvd. formerly known as MLK.
Then now, i brought the crime rate down. i made the arts scene gay
-- Dolly Lemke lives in Chicago where she works as Assistant Editor of Switchback Books and is founder and co-curator of The Dollhouse Reading Series. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2010, Court Green, Sink Review, and Salt Hill. Her chapbook, O Town Heights, was recently published by DoubleCross Press. Her current favorite local brew is Daisy Cutter.
Nick Demske lives in Racine and works at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled manuscript was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award and was published by Fence Books. Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey. This past fall, he completed a month-and-a-half-long book tour that traveled over 10,000 miles across the whole of America. Nick curates the BONK! performance series in Racine, the poetry headquarters of the world. You can visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com.