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tequilaselection from:
In Which Christina Imagines
That Different Types Of Alcohol Are Men
And She Is Seeing Them All



For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a change if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting … the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.

National Hurricane Center

On the breezeway, under the striped awning, Andrew rocks. Driftwood splinters are tangled in his gray beard. Next to him, Camille lists, her cataracts dark as wet slate. The palms rustle—green shivers. Inside, beyond the screens, sit the Class of ’95, huddled over bridge: Luis, Marilyn, Roxanne, Opal. Luis wears a hat. Opal flicks grains of soft white sand from the shell of her ear. She examines them, then her hand. All are quiet. Earlier, in the middle of poached eggs, rye toast, weak decaf, men wheeled the gurney out the back door. There was a sheet, but everyone recognized the small white fingers: Hazel, ’54. The aides said It was her time. Carol, now oldest, slumps at her window. She will not eat. She will not turn a white eye to Matlock, or the offer of Earl Grey, or the threat of Thorazine. She looks at the blue water, flat as soda, dashed with Miami sun. She remembers a different ocean, brackish and black, swelled with storm. The bitten coastline, the churn of green lobsters, small cod, shards of yacht—she smiles, then she dies, quiet as an orange grove.


Gin was nice enough but had tiny teeth: little ships
of white. Whiskey showed up an hour late,
took me and my one good dress

to a crab shack. We cracked boiled crawfish, swept
our fingers over the tablecloth, left butter behind.

I hid in the back of the coffee shop—crouched
behind whole beans—and scoped out Rum, then left
without introducing myself. Maybe it’s cruel of me

but I just wasn’t feeling exotic. Bourbon
and I had fun, but it was all cigarettes

and ex-wives. Tequila was ever the gentleman, blond
and smooth as caramel. Bought all my rounds
and when I came back from the bathroom he,

my wallet, my car: all gone. The bartender didn’t look
sorry. My mother set me up with Brandy

and I should have known that he’d be the type
to own small dogs. I don’t like poodles.
I saw Gin again last night; both of us out

with other people. His: a redhead. I waved anyway,
and when he smiled, all sharp points

and blooded gums, well, that was when I fell in love.


November 5, 2016

At Zalucky Contemporary with Laura Moore, Toronto, Ontario.

September 27, 2016

As part of the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.


April 14, 2015

At East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, Georgia.

April 11 2015

Reading off-site at the AWP Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Lyon's Pub.


August 15, 2014

As part of Lostintheletters reading series, Atlanta, Georgia.

August 8, 2014

As part of Seersucker Live!, Savannah, Georgia.

March 14, 2014

At East Georgia State College with Eric Nelson, Swainsboro, Georgia.

February 27-March 1, 2014

At the Midwestern Gothic table at the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle, Washington, and reading off-site at The Dock Street Press/Midwestern Gothic event, Peddler Brewing Company.



November 14, 2013 

As part of the Statesboro Write Place Festival, Statesboro, Georgia. 

October 11, 2013 

As part of the Midwestern Gothic/Vouched Books reading, Atlanta, Georgia. 

September 14, 2013 

With Zach Powers & Matt Hart as part of the Seersucker Live/Writing That Risks launch party, Savannah, Georgia. 

January 24, 2013

As part of the Burning Swamp Reading Series, Statesboro, Georgia. 



October 18, 2012

With Ben Drevlow at WVU Parkersburg, Parkersburg, West Virginia. 

April 5, 2012

As part of the SUNY Fredonia Visiting Writers' Series, Fredonia, New York.



May 24, 2011

As part of the Resident Reading, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.

March 23, 2011

As part of the GVSU Visitors Reading in Allendale, Michigan.

March 8, 2011

Live on The Blood-Jet Writing Hour.

February 4, 2011

Signing books at the Spire Press table at the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C.



November 8, 2010

With poet/nonfiction writer Richard Terrill as part of Cherry Bomb Reading Series.

October 14, 2010

With poet/ nonfiction writer Matthew Gavin Frank at Schuler's Books, downtown Grand Rapids.

Marh 25, 2010

As part of the GVSU Faculty Reading in Allendale, Michigan.

January 23, 2010

As part of the Spire Press New Author Reading at KGB Bar in New York City.



November 19, 2009

As part of Minnesota State University, Mankato's Good Thunder Reading Series.


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