VERNON FRAZER

Solo Cocktail at the Party

barrier olive
wet with its own pretense
rides
a tangential differential

a rim
of ocean
a lip
of caffeine

lateral damage col
lectured rampaging
change of attitudes

talk pays itself a boaster’s wage

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pay is cheap
in the rural latitudes

where spherical ointments persevere
longitude making its cross-statement

into the pit
faces its
dereliction

a dutiful plummet
to the bottom line
short on money to

ride the lift back

from a social well
-being all wet but

empty water
over salt
its best sip