December 25, 2015



the bar’s red lights        I glamorize, lean back in my 
sat aside        sauvignon blanc

the parquet flooring and        Nancy Sinatra’s boots
amid the cocktails        the barman’s flourish

I inhabit        the shaking ice, the clash of glass
it’s about        periphery

the observation that is also        a woman’s long ponytail
a man’s chin in his hand        here

neither in nor out        to hover and quicken
amid        among        a me

An American expat resident in England since 2001, Carrie Etter has published three collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), and edited the anthology, Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). She has been blogging since 2005 at

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