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There's a Jukebox in the Back / Lauren Nicole Nixon
dancing girl press, 2012 $7.00
Lauren Nicole Nixon is an arts educator and poet based in Austin, TX. Nixon holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Visit her at www.laurennicolenixon.com
Letter #1: An Unwinding
dear claudette, you are young but not cocooned. reckless tongue. hem below your knee. they fear that when the lights go out you’ll burrow under the floorboards like somethin wild (but I know you burrow in the daylight, too)
biscuits and honey are real nice till the plate hits the floor and everybody’s bloodied up. Or was everybody bloody before they shoved the plate at you? girls like us are sposed to learn big lessons after our hands are tied with twine.
we’re sposed to keep our mouths closed when the room goes dark. see, it’s bad manners to hear the bomb ticking away in the attic during dinner and to keep it a secret. but you were raised right. scuffed mary janes and sweet wrists. knowing when to furl.