FALL 2009

Doug Holder


In the parlor
By the Lava Lamp
Under the gaze of the sea monkeys
Blooming in their tank
I took a bite of my Twinkie…
Only the crème de la crème
Letting my hair down…
Falling over my polyester collar
Luxuriating in the quotidian
Resting my cocktail on the ornate coaster
The sunlight spilling through the windows
The intricate pattern.
After my third drink
I could almost swear…
I saw the plastic beak
Of the flamingo
Break into a resplendent
Conspiratorial grin.

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. His work has recently appeared in the Oak Bend Review, Seven Circles Press, Toronto Quarterly, Cause and Affect, Conceit, Nibble, South Meets West, Pegasus and others. His collection "The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel" ( Cervena Barva Press) was a pick of the Small Press review. (2008)



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