Saturday, 13 January 2018

Girls’ Night Out

by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko


I tried to avoid the draft                                                                           
instead I stayed to serve
breakfast
lunch
radio dinners in their aluminum coffins
(all short orders)

sex--the main
love--the side
blues on tap

And how would you like
your brown-eyed baby girl?” I dished,
wiping the spit-shine from my tits
Sunny-side up  
or
over easy?”

Easy,” you groaned--
 consciousness slipping from its zip-lock bag--
 Nirvana, now only
 the name of a rock band

Easy, huh”
me, brushing flies from your lip--
the stench of the heart like rare steak gone bad--
your boyhood buddy cooling in the freezer

I tried to avoid leaving
but you left me left and right 
left  right  left

Your teeth and their chattering infantry are still marching 
When you make it as far as the living room
send me a telegram, won’t you?

Till then,
please consult your manual for further instructions

The baby’s in the oven
the napalm’s in the fridge


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"Girls' Night Out" was first published in Big Bridge.


Widely published, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko's work has appeared in XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology,  The Rumpus, Levure Litteraire, Big Bridge, The Opiate, Strangers in Paris, Occupy Poets’ Anthology (in which she is distinguished as an American Poet), and Maintenant : Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the Smithsonian Institution in Washinton, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She is the Writer/Poet in Residence for SpokenWord Paris.