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Jim Reese is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. He is co-founder of and Imagining Editor for Logan House Press. Reese's poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies: New York Quarterly, Nebraska Territory, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Wedding Cake and Funeral Ham (Grizzly Press, 2002) and The Jive (Morpo Press, 2004). He is the co-editor of the anthology The Great American Road Show, along with JV Brummels (Logan House Press, 2003). His most recent collection of poetry is These Trespasses (Backwaters Press, 2005). Poems from this new book were recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2005.
Ten Penny High
On Friday nights at Vernon’s place
We chisel ice for our drinks
The summer heat is unbearable.
Vernon plugs in the record player
“I got songs to bring it up,
Before long Vernon drifts off
“Some sugar is right through
That’s our cue to leave.
[first appeared in The New York Quarterly]
707 Florence Boulevard
“Coltrane on the stereo, pushing up the volume
is where we used to go
The apartment, with its flaking light blue walls,
There was no art on the walls,
We ate gizzards there. We drank and sang.
[first appeared in Poetry Motel]
Friday for supper
We mashed the potatoes with our forks.
On Saturday, for dinner, we had roast.
That night, for supper,
[first appeared in These Trespasses (2005)]
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