What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

Like a Secret Smile (Dear Shadwick 6)


Stand out but don’t stand up, send the supper eaters away to digest what you’ve said but not what you mean, leaning against the wall, always up and out against that wall, all the boys will notice is the fair lady in the middle, even while the little pricks pant and whistle, weary words will never come to me, or you, or she could be the one or another, bother the bushwhackers with mirrors but not smoke, no, they’ve had enough of that already, unsteady the somber sober crowd by crowing out your love of mild hallucinogenics, far above the cynics the simple staggering smilers keep the peace popping out, please top this madness, says the sad stork, out of sorts, out of forks but hating spoons, they will soon leave out the caveats, hordeing disclaimers for their ravenous misguiding eyes only, like cheap caviar and gold-flake, and stake the moon with your mind, nightwalker, fright-giver, grief-liver, and be whatever you will, what doesn’t kill you makes you, wander through to take this route toward the winding mine, through yours and theirs and his lips look like delicious pink crescents tonight, delicately curved and caught mid-phase, new days darkening into the same old nights, the same bold frightenings in lightning-quick dashes, daring revelation, bareing the heart along with the rest, the body met with praise, with love, with firm admiration for once, for now, and then nothing more, at least not in thought or word or whatever have you
Take it from me, babe, I’ll run right back into the light

(Inspiration and title from “Loup (Hide It Away)” by Quiet Hollers)

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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com





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