The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Summertime Fine by Jason B Crawford

Dairy Queen

As kids, we used to mix every flavor at the
Slurpee Machine. Didn’t matter if it was
Coke, melon, blue raspberry, and apple.
We’d drink until our tongues turned a dull
purple and laughed at the first person to get
a brain freeze. Every Friday, we begged to
go down to Dairy Queen for a large cone.
Mama always got hers dipped in chocolate,
rolled in nuts. Ryan and I would race to see
who could finish our ice cream first, cone
and all, then complain that nothing was left
for us to enjoy. We never even gave it time
to melt on my mama’s backseat. See, that
was my childhood, understanding
everything would be temporary. The boy
who became my best friend from down the
street, until he moved and we moved and I
watched him change. Started to only get the
cherry slushies and somehow the tongue
came out pink. I tucked everything about my
old block in my toy box, left it at the house
when I moved away. Ain’t nothing sweet
left for me in that hood. Where the ice
cream stays temporary, time keeps moving
until it’s gone.

This selection comes from Summertime Fine, available from Variant Literature. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

JASON B. CRAWFORD (He/They) is a black, nonbinary, bi-poly-queer writer born in Washington DC,
raised in Lansing, MI. In addition to being published in online literary magazines, such as High Shelf Press,
Wellington Street Review, Poached Hare, The Amistad, Royal Rose, and Kissing Dynamite, he is the Chief Editor for The Knight’s Library. Jason is a cofounder of the Poetry Collective MMPR, a group of poets who came together for laughs, bad memes, and nerd culture. He is also the recurring host of the poetry section for Ann Arbor Pride. Crawford has his Bachelors of Science in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University.

Nilsa Rivera Castro writes about gender and diversity issues. She’s also the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe and the Non-Fiction Editor of Doubleback Review. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Selkie Literary Magazine, and Writing Class Radio. She’s currently an MFA Nonfiction candidate at Vermont College of Fine Art and lives in Riverview, Florida.


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