Amerikan Bandstand

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 5 No. 1 "Good Times and Growing Pains." Find more from that issue here.

The thing about rhythm

is that you don’t want

to be too

good with it

or you begin

to sound like

a tango.

Poetry is a different

kind of dancing;

it moves in the skyway’s solitude.


“I’ll give that a 35 — you can’t dance to it.”


Bob Dylan once sang about

Ma Rainey and Beethoven

unwrapping some


and all about tuba players

around some

flagpole —

But you can’t dance to that