Springtime rooms filled
with the laughter of women.
Spill-O's wives thronged Broadway
with love and criticism.

Some wore hoops through their ears.
Some wore crosses around their necks.
Some wore bullets on their fingers.
Some wore skulls on their wrists.

It was all fashion—
irony and voluptuousness
shaped the words on their shirts
and in their mouths.

One was pretty as a statue.
But how do you make a statue smile?
he wondered, tucking in his shirt,
then untucking it again.

The Word washed over him
as a series of cunningly revealed breasts
and wouldn't let him go home.

The women laughed while the men watched.
Spill-O hunted through the crowd,
as it reeled and clinked bosom-shaped glasses,
for the woman who wasn't laughing.

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at www.thecolindodds.com.