This poem was featured at the fall meeting of the Poetry Society of Michigan. It was a response to a prompt from Elizabeth Kerlikowske, the current president of the organization. “Write a poem giving someone advice. It could be an extended metaphor. And fun/clever/don’t even think of rhyming.”
I wrote Honky-Tonk, which originally appeared in Fried Chicken and Coffee, with a particular road house in mind. Its name came from the fact that its distance from each of three small towns in rural Michigan was seven miles and it was owned for a period of time by my mother. The poem is now included in Protective Coloration (Kelsay Books, 2020). It’s available from Kelsay and from Amazon.
This poem originally appeared in Third Wednesday – long before I became editor of the magazine. It is reprinted in my collection, Protective Coloration, available at Amazon and at Kelsay Books.
Divorce appeared in the spring 2020 issue of Peninsula Poets, the bi-annual journal of the Poetry Society of Michigan.