It’s pretty much Christmas. on the way home from work,
I buy enough for the whole neighborhood.

Everyone smells me arrive, comes outside
with beach chairs and flashy walking sticks.

We gather around the stop signs, prop up broken box fans
around us like soldiers, Vince Guaraldi tinkling through

the closest window. We spit pits for distance, the young boys
showing off and the old boys letting them. We swear

with reckless abandon, building a naughty momentum,
bitching about the godless, blue-collar July sun,

still baking the asphalt into hell-cake after it has already
gone home to the other side of the world for the night.

We knot tart stems with our lecherous tongues.
We gorge shamelessly on cherry flesh

’till we look like vampires, smiling in the dark.



© Mindy Nettifee, all rights reserved.


Saturday, March 10th -  Portland, OR - Workshop - Intro to Storytelling workshop @ Literary Arts 

Saturday, March 17th - Portland, OR - Workshop - New Moon Workshop + Ritual 

Sunday, March 18th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Performing Your Work @ Literary Arts

March 24th - 27th - Bay Area - Stay tuned

Wednesday, March 28th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Theory of Mind class - Jung's mind maps

Tuesday, April 17th - Los Angeles, CA - Performance - Open Your Mouth Like a Bell show + party at Art Share LA

Wednesday, April 18th - Orange, CA - Performance - Featured reading for TIPP at Ugly Mug Cafe

Thursdays May 3rd - May 24th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Storytelling Intensive @ Literary Arts

Friday, May 18th - Portland, OR - Performance -Book release party at Tillamook Station