Bernadette

Bernadette reads backwards
moved from dump to dump
with a long will and a fainting lawn chair
twitching with the news ticker
crude as a tarry shorebird
she smokes Marlboro Reds in bed and has a raccoon purse
don’t ask her to hip check the bedbugs right out of you
as the smokescreen of dimming sun only belongs to the thumps of rats and the half-soused barefoot derelicts and the retired handymen
and her
while she wails along with that Phil Spector Sound
in the bathroom…

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