S. Afzal Haider
Jennifer Signe Ratcliff
Kathryn Vanden Berk
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I accidentally erased all notes on submittable. I am submitting Rebel Rider and bio here. I hope you get them!
After Kim Addonizio
I want a cheap shit car
I want it second hand
I don’t care if the body and doors
are crapped up, I just want
the engine intact
I want to park it next to all those BMWs
and Jags and embarrass the hell
out of their owners
I want to drive it through the Saks department
store lot and rub fenders with the snooty customers
I want to take it down to the track and soup it up
enter it in a drag race and clock 120 miles an hour
I want to attach tin cans to the back of it
put Just Married streamers on it
and take my gun-toting hustler pal for a drive
up the steps of the Art Museum
I want this car to cruise down the street past
Sonny’s liquor store and past Li’s Laundry
and past Katz’s Deli like it was the only car
in the neighborhood
I want to take it to the Supermarket and revel in the stares
of the Mall rats as I load the stuff I’ve stolen
into its trunk
I want that cheapo car real bad
I want it to confirm that I’m lowdown
and dirty as the devil himself
When I get it, I’m going to floor the gas
and ride it for all it’s worth, gas-‘er-up
and go cross country, backcountry, up-
country, out-of-country, hell, it’ll be
the car I crash and burn in.
Alison Carb Sussman won the Abroad Writers’ Conference/Finishing Line Press Authors Poetry Contest in 2015. Her poem “Anhedonia” was a finalist in the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry in Bellingham Review’s 2016 Literary Contests. Her chapbook, “On the Edge,” a semi-finalist in Finishing Line’s New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition 2012, was published by Finishing Line in 2013. Her poems have appeared most recently in Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, Levure litteraire, Lullwater Review, The New York Times, Rattle, and Southword. Alison was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. She lives and writes in New York City.
Thanks for your note. I’ll make sure that Jake gets this.
All the best,
Thank you Elizabeth!