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Sonnet: Deep-Fried Fat F*ck Blues

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Sonnet: Deep-Fried Fat F*ck Blues

by John Kendall Hawkins


It's time to wake up and smell the sonnets --

little sugary grease-boiled somethings,

8-4-2s with rhythm dressed in bonnets,

Stooges and Marxes and Dali dumb rings.

Somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line

we grumbled, groused, on our way to cut cane

in Belle Glade with rastas we knew from Maine;

Marley playing, my hand on Kate's behind.

Bobby T was singing his donut song --

one hand on the wheel, reef in the other.

Apples to cane, I was thinking, seems wrong;

locked with Kate in the back in a smother.

A cop mistook us for Easy Rider

in South Bay. Leave, he drawled. Donut spider.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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