Bowie My Hair Goddess Grow
Excerpted from Lux & Cyborg, Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest Notable
Touch the torch, electricity is restored,
so you’re not in the dark tonight, sweetheart.
The guy with the Bowie jammed the lines, cut through
the static, no one home in the hurricane
anyway. Isn’t like you to be alone. Pink
shampoo and fashion tips. There was a dog in
the street last night, the one with three legs we see
round here sometimes. Chased it, chased it through the trees
and the yards, and it got hit. The electric
company truck, cherrypicker folded down,
Gatorade tub strapped across the back, and
the shovel, the one he used to scrape it up.
Laura McCullough's books of poetry include Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press), Panic (winner of a 2009 Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books), Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies, An Integrity of Aloneness: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press, and Essays on Poetry and Race: the Task of Un/Masking, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. She is the editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and an editor at large for TranStudies Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction from Goddard College, and her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, The Birmingham Review, The Florida Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Writer's Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others.