getting slobber is east if you loose your teeth

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drive home

with thumbs

            {tongue}         cradling the borders of highway
                                    {stable}      {barter}.           {fray}

headlight glint

                                                            sudden vision

crash!                          scrape!
[roadrash]                    {breakbrakebreak}

Bloodbuzzed               — find grace in the gray-muraled shower
{boozedulled}                         {leg brace}                                  {coward!}
[shameculled]                          [mistake].    [goreveiled]

kiss the neck               like a love{live}r
             {resurrect} bottlelust
             [wreck]    {mustmustmustdrink}

you name yourself brave.

just {hum}
            one more drink

             {      }

Derek Berry is a non-binary writer, podcast host, and educator. They are the author of the novel Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA, 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Glitter Husk (2019) and Buggery (Bateau, 2020). They work as a museum educator in South Carolina.