Stirring : A Literary Collection

Peter Douglas


For Eliza

You taught me how to smoke one night in April,
kicking suburbia on the back of that
flustered Alaskan Crab, Dupont Circle,
near all those musical, tabooed bat-
like characters around the fountain -- water
splashing on concrete rims and crackle shrill
crash cymballine and laughing words that flutter
about and hone on our conversing, jostle
my close-trimmed hair. You tasted sex in Camels.
I tasted freedom from my parents, though
Iíd cover up my blazer from the smells
tobacco leaves and chew gum in the Volvo,
windows wide blowing off the traces. Traces
of fear that go with me, lacing all our places.

Peter Douglas
Date of Birth: 12/12/78
Location: Stanford, California & Washington, DC
Publications: The GW Review, The Hollins Critic, The Mindís Eye, Paperplates, Rattapallax, The Red Booth Review, Stirring V3:E3, The Tucumcari Literary Review, The Wisdom Project, Writerís Journal

Stirring : A Literary Collection

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