Diana Smith Bolton

The Men in the Bar Asked for a Poem
by Diana Smith Bolton

So this is what I think: your apartments
are tented with Oxford shirts on kitchen chairs,
or there are no kitchen chairs.

Women come and go. Together you have
baseball and chanting “Let’s go, Washington!”
over warming shots of Jack. At work,

the water cooler is home. After, a bar
is the water cooler. So much talk.
The bartender clinks glasses and the game

recedes into the distance, as you ask
the girl next to you what a poem is
and will she write you one.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3.

Diana Smith Bolton
Diana Smith Bolton
is the founding editor of District Lit. Her work has recently appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cactus Heart, Coldnoon, Jet Fuel Review, Lines + Stars, and elsewhere.

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