Glen Allen’s Legacy


So you think

by now

everyone’s so


guns being

here and there

and in between

in real life

and on the silver screen

so much

that no one

breaks a sweat

Well, boy,

it still comes


to one gun

one moment

and one sonofabitch

stretching that


into forever


sitting on your bed

and him

dead-leveling that

black snake

its mouth wide open

straight at you

and you

pissing your pants

and him saying

Go ahead

you little bastard


and you

years later

waiting for it to









Photo by doodlehedz


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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