Flipping Off the Muse


For the Baggetts





If I could I would write poems like those

I just stumbled on, three poems by two sisters.

I’m a sucker for their tough-cookie strut,

their tongue in cheekiness in all its gloriously gross

and feisty animus, their clever verb flog-fests,

their striptease syntax, their enjambments

jolting even the least reactionary reader to

attention. That’s what they get from me,

my metaphoric poet’s hair sumptuously static

when they call their muse Marquis de Sade,

floozy, she-hag, harlot, hot flash, bitch.


I’m a sucker for such sassy conniption fits,

and after I’ve finished their trio of poems

I collapse backward on my sofa spent,

whatever writer’s block against idolatry I’ve left

breached by their hot and sloppy muse,

the muse they accuse in stanza two

of making a mess of it, the muse they thrash

for being such a shrew, then as she exits

near the end of stanza three tell her

to get a life, or at least a therapist,

and as she shakes her booty heading for

the door, implore her to keep coming back.







Photo by Lis Ferla


About Author

George Drew was born in Mississippi and lives in upstate New York. He is the author of five collections, most recently The View from Jackass Hill, winner of the 2010 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press, 2011. His sixth, Fancy’s Orphan, will be published in 2015 by Tiger Bark Press; his chapbook, Down & Dirty, in June, 2015 by Texas Review Press. Recently Drew was an Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and his poem will appear in the Paterson Literary Review; another poem was a finalist for the Knightville Poetry Contest and will appear in The New Guard; another was the winner of the St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest and will appear in Issue 8; one of his Southern poems was selected for inclusion in the anthology Down to the Dark River and will be published in 2015 by Louisiana Literature Press.

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