The convenience store clerk affects
a sensualist butch persona but
has very effeminate wrists and
ankles so I started there,
left plastic flowers on the counter
when all backs were turned.
Like a house under an existing expressway
the rest built around most of it,
you can’t get much more provincial.
Alluringly blue smocks, biceps, curls.
COLIN JAMES was born in the north of England near Chester. He has chapbooks of poems Dreams of the Really Annoying from Writers Knights Press, Resisting Probability from Sagging Meniscus Press, and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity from Pskis Porch Press.