In the Foothills of the Ozarks

An American flag
a Midwestern love song

a six-gun salute
in a muddy river bed

the skeletons of the Osage
run naked and free
skip rocks down the Gasconade

the daughters of farmers
cut their hair short
find agency in their bones

live their truths
in gay bars in big cities
never to return to their
barn-shaped prisons

on the foothills of the Ozarks
everything is magic
music swims in the blood
of the porch sitters

Damian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has previously appeared in Eunoia Review, Beatdom, Indiana Voice Journal, and basements and coffee shops around the United States. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Tweet and Other Poems (Maverick Duck Press, 2016) and A Symphony of Crows (Indigent Press, 2015), as well as a split with Ezhno Martin, The Former Lives of Saints (EMP, 2017). Damian founded the Poetry in the Port reading series and is the poetry editor at Blue Mountain Review.

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1 Response to In the Foothills of the Ozarks

  1. WOW! This is such a beautiful portrayal!

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