John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles, a snarky vampire series, and The Chosen, a snarky whiskey-soaked religious novel about saving the world and drinking a lot. He's won awards for poetry and lighting design, of all things, and was a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Red Dirt Boyby John G. Hartness
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This is poetry for people who don't like poetry. Poetry for people who think Johnny Cash is a deity in his own right, for people who drive big trucks and shoot loud guns. This is poetry for people who live life out loud, who drink, fight, cuss and party. This is what happens when an overeducated redneck finds himself with too much free time and a half case of PBR.
Here's a sample -
The Deflowering of the Baptist Deacon’s Daughter
We sang Van Morrison in the key of Budweiser
and danced barefoot in the moonlight,
kissed like it was breakfast with our toes in the creek
while I wrapped you in my faded blue jean jacket.
We woke up in the grass wearing dewdrops and smiles,
staggered drunk on each other
back to that rustbucket Chevy with the cracked vinyl seats.
You jumped out giggling at the mailbox
so Daddy wouldn’t see me in the daylight
and I burned rubber back to the main road
dodging birdshot, big brothers and the highway patrol.
- John Hartness
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