The reading will also feature Sean Arnold, Michael Castro, Colleen McKee, Nicky Rainey, and Philip Gounis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the cover is $3.
Ellen Herget co-edits Bad Shoe with Erin Wiles, and also has a chapbook published with JKPublishing entitled Thus Far. Bad Shoe was a 2010 recipient of a Kick Ass Award, given to "individuals, businesses, organizations and projects that contribute to the health and vitality of the St. Louis region." She has a cat; she plays music; she is fond of pop tarts. She is in love with the Bad Shoe project and especially proud of the current issue.
I dreamt it was the 1950's
and we were arguing in a pig's-blood-red
Chevy convertible, the old style
with fins and matching upholstery.
You were in your yellow checked shirt
and bruised blue bandana.
We both smoked, parked in a generic light-speckled overlook
that I've seen in a thousand generic light-speckled movies.
I don't remember a word of what was said.
In the morning it was 2010
(o futuristic year)
and you were gone, just like the dream,
bolting out the driver's-side door
and bailing for the woods.
Our distantly placed
fellow astronaut friends
ask after you.
I have nothing to tell.
I think on your quick fingers
attached to blunt-instrument
limbs; you were clumsy
in the way of a bear,
knocking down saplings in your haste
to delicately dismantle a beehive,
to dexterously flick the scales off salmon.
Little girls play House but we
played Boys, molded would-be
tears into laughter; dissolved
frustration with whiskey and smoke.
I think on a figure eternally
perched between now and next,
hummingbird hovering -- hovering;
twenty years I'll never know about.
Few questions cast before wasps
moved in for the food supply.
And you darted away with a dark
thrum of wings, oh emerald bird
off to Elsewhere, where you are
tasting the wind and
-- Ellen Herget