March 5-11, 2018: Poetry from Randolph Bridgeman and Marie C Lecrivain

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Randolph Bridgeman and Marie C Lecrivain

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Randolph Bridgeman

Bio (auto)

Randolph Bridgeman graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is the recipient of the prestigious Edward T. Lewis Poetry Prize. He was a Lannan Fellow for the Folgers Shakespearian Theater 04-05 poetry reading series. His poems have been published in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. Texture Magazine nominated His poem Crazy Bob’s Used Car Radio Tips for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. He has authored five books of poems, South of Everywhere 2005, Mechanic on Duty 2008, The Odd Testament 2013, The Poet Laureate of Cracker Town 2015, and The Trailer Park Chronicles, forthcoming in 2018.

The following work is Copyright © 2018, and owned by Randolph Bridgeman. and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

truth or consequences in Wichita

on the weekends my father had 
visitation rights he was always looking 
for someplace to burn off a hangover
he told me to wait in the car while he 
stopped off to have a beer in Baldies Bar 
it was 102 degrees in the shade
i grabbed the ball on the steering wheel 
and imagine i am driving with 
the window down in a white t shirt 
and jeans cuffed at my cowboy boots
my mother pushed up close 
in the seat beside me
i turn on the radio and pushed 
the metal buttons going between 
the sad song country stations she’d 
drink herself to sleep to 
he’d leave me alone out there for hours
now day’s he would be arrested 
sometimes we’d just sit in the parking lot 
at the Save A Penny Liquor Store
at the corner of Brownsville and 9th
he’d be drinking brownbag beer 
and me a Fanta orange pop while
we smoked roll your owns 
and watched the losers coming 
and going 
what i remember of my mother
is her spit wet hands slicking down
my cowlick before sending me out
the door to my dad
those hands that folded twilight 
into paper airplanes that made
nights fly by
and how when she told me that i 
was just like my father it was not 
in a good way 


Marie C Lecrivain

Bio (auto)

Marie C Lecrivain is the editor of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, the author of several volumes of poetry and fiction, and fledgling jewelry designer. Her work has appeared in Nonbinary Review, Gargoyle, A New Ulster, The Los Angeles Review, Orbis, and many other journals. Her new chapbook, Fourth Planet From the Sun, will be published in Spring 2018 by Rum Razor Press.

The following work is Copyright © 2018, and owned by Marie C Lecrivain and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


every morning, my neighborhood
is marked by a moment of stillness;
no traffic moves along la cienega blvd,
the crows slumber in the palm trees,
and my next-door neighbor’s single,
deluded descendant of cerberus
has finally found a measure of peace
hunkered down on concrete steps.
then comes the clarion call of dawn
to start the whole riotous process of

the microcosm again… until this
moment, i never knew how piercing

the Silence of Light can be…



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