Half Drunk Muse Poetry


August Cincinnati by Bentley Snow Davis

Steam rises from summer sidewalks
after the brief rain—
August Cincinnati.
Among the oldest neighborhoods
in the city—Over the Rhine—
the Germans are now gone.
Young women saunter down
the sweltering Vine Street
rhythmically waving hands
in front of their faces
bracelets slide along their arms—
shiny jingling.
Drivers with air and locked doors
fear the women are invoking
spirits—the corner holds
a bodega selling voodoo
candles, oils, and spells.
The dance of the women’s arms
is to dispel, not invoke.
They shoo away gnats.

View bio for Bentley Snow Davis Published in Summer 2004

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Half Drunk Muse was one of the first poetry ezines. It was founded in 1999 and ceased publication in 2006.

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