This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Stephanie Erdman, is from Drop Jaw by Rikki Santer, released by NightBallet Press in 2020.
My teacher…painted a Jerry Mahoney figure brown
and I used it for a while. —Willie Tyler, ventriloquist
Lester & the church
of Motown that
spun from his jaw.
Amen to TV lights
Cackling & raucous
& his Madame—
flamboyant & frothy
no act, just
time to move over—
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