5 Poems from Jon Bennett

Big Wheel   We were 13 and had 2 liters of watermelon wine cooler because of Tim, a dude who’d give you $5 if he could take your picture with no shirt on “No touching…” or give you some weed “No touching…” though some kids left his place with a $20 Anyhow, we were lit…

4 Poems by Jon Bennett

Dealer Wins   The 21 dealer sees me staring and glances over his shoulder The girl comes over to him “I’m punching out,” she says, “see you at home.” She’s a beauty and works in the restaurant “Did she say ‘beat you at home’?” yells the pit boss We all laugh but the dealer is…

4 Poems by Jon Bennett

Tight Rope “Is it your birthday?” says the drunk lady The little girl might speak English but her mother doesn’t, all she knows is the wino following them is scary “How old is she?” says the drunk, “I used to have a daughter.” The mother tugs her daughter’s arm the birthday balloon trailing after them…

3 Poems by Jon Bennett

Where It Goes I moved into a spare room in a lady’s house in El Segundo She had one of those music zines I don’t remember the name and she had stacks of CDs that people sent her, fat manila envelopes mostly unopened heaped in a broom closet. She had a cat named ‘Vodka’ which…