Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

Slipping Out for Delia

Slipping out and under Osawatomie, Kansas

Eighth Street Bridge in my rust-bound pirogue and transistor radio

While my shitty fish stink pickup and

my truck sinks in aluminum can and plastic bag silt

Onto the Marais Des Cygnes

on the river to snag muscular, bottom-sucking pinks and whites

To bring prehistoric swimmers

to McClatchy the fish restaurant guy in Louisburg for customers

To spend fish-money on daughter’s return sweet Delia just like Johnny Cash said

to make happy and to make the ex-Mrs. Me go away

To spend gross Spoonbill poundage on a dress and fourth grade

far from fish and a bridge

After slipping my river rig into the water with a buzz

and I catch perhaps my ninth Spoon that day

The radio or actually, from the throaty, earnest redneck on the radio

I learn of ex-Mrs. Me and the crystal drug

Sweet Delia’s gone without crayons or cash from fish-eating folk like Johnny said

and I see her mother’s shack not a football field upriver

And a thump beneath my bow at four knots sounds my line’s future

and is not a pink, is not white, but could’ve used fourth grade



Craig M. Workman graduated in 2010 with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Media Arts. He is the 2012 recipient of the McKinney Prize in Short Fiction and the 2014 Whispering Prairie Press Flash Fiction Contest winner. He is an adjunct professor/lecturer of composition, American fiction and creative writing, an I-Ph.D. student and a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an adjunct faculty member at Donnelly College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming nearly two dozen journals, including in
Kansas City Voices, Midwestern Gothic, and London Literary Review.  He currently lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.


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