At the Blue Haven by Jason Baldinger

Sky opens
familiar summer squall
The Blue Haven
electric neon smothers outside eaves
hisses and hums in the rain
the soundtrack to backseat cocaine

Smog veil opens
on a five dollar cover
outside sign said
Glitz this Saturday

Evidently the Quite Riot
cover is Glitz
bartender tells me they used to be 9-1-1

The bikers have no idea
why we’re over dressed
Ian paid the cover for the bride
and groom yet to arrive

Seated, exhausted
how many drinks have I had
since the industrial hell mouth
gave birth to ceremony?
I can’t remember
I don’t care
I drink myself

Fingers looped in suspenders
bride and groom arrive
take shots
I nurse workers tears
Sweet Child of Mine
half step down
limps without a second guitar

Someone is high school catching up
someone asks for a tampon
someone asks about the wedding
we pick the bones of a commemorative box of cookies
debate to even odds the next song
it’s a struggle as it breaks the verse
shit, I hadn’t heard Trixter since 1990
tonight, our time machine falls off the table

Jason Baldinger
Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing for the Appalachian hamlet of Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming in September. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at

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