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Unusual Summer Weather
from Adrian Blevins'
Brass Girl Brouhaha

This overstated thunderstorm is a fancy blue hat
upon the very brink of which Zeus is perched and crooning,
poking out his godly pinkie while sipping Zinfandel

and catapulting seedless grapes down into the Nile
or into the hot and steamy redwood tubs on the weather––
            proofed decks
of the women of the DC start-ups. That is,
he’s crashing roller coasters and hitting small children
upon their anemic heads and pulling out his loincloth pennies,
licking them for luck. He listens all day

for the plunk and holler of the children on their slides
and chain-link swings and plastic motorbikes.
That’s when the Moms come running with their bras half-
              snapped

and their panties askance. Whereupon Zeus rubs his belly
with olive oil and powder puffs his golden hair
and bids the Orchestra pluck Sweet Home Alabama

and knots tiny rose blooms into the straps of his sandals
and giggles over at Venus lying on a towel
under a colossal brass lamp, sunning her glossy skin

like a lizard on a rock
while down below we bitch and moan and whine and weep
like demons, like puppies, like newborns in our beds.

 

 

 

 

 

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