Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1998 |

Not See Again

Long I partied hearty with Hogdoo and weird Harold, One of the hippies waiting the orbit of the strobing joint, Talking sidemen on the liner notes of albums And exotic booby traps of Cambodia and Vietnam, Until, out of money, I compromised and took a job Working beside Floyd, a pinkish African-American With tattoos up his neck and improbably-orange hair. Meeting, we'd hardly speak, passing the paper slip We'd consult separately, filling the same order. Loading boxes on the warehouse's high shelves, I thought of the sports-car elect, free those afternoons To motor past the magnolias and daffodils of Greek row, And assistant professors cooing toward whispering trysts In borrowed efficiencies, and desperate women Shimmying onto the mirrored stage of the Pussycat To bare and jiggle their breasts for crystal meth. But, also, oddly, each day I grew more attached To the unspoken etiquettes of that work; To the secretary Jane, who materialized each morning, Split skirt flashing from

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Rodney Jones teaches in the Warren Wilson Low Residency MFA Program and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Harper Lee Award. His new book, Village Prodigies, which combines techniques of fiction and poetry, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the spring of 2017.

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