Superior Superette

I ask the man behind
the high counter, Do you

have change for a fifty?
He answers yes. I’m here

for Fabulous, which is
Fantastic at a lower price.

He says thank you, goodnight,
watching Wolf Blitzer,

lets me stand here, taking in
the vast array of cigarettes,

glass pipes, one hitters,
Pick Ten tickets, craft beer.

Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).

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