Kimberly Ann Southwick


why when I am with you are we always drinking

when I like you better when we are not drinking

         is it you    are you maybe always drinking

because when someone is drinking    I want to be drinking too

yes    why when I am with you do bars fold down around us

forcing bodies out to cement sidewalks littered in litter

         and we never take the subway    we’re always stupid

stupid enough to take a cab    to never get where we’re going

without doing in the back of the cab what got you kicked out of a cab once

and I am an idiot and you are grinning    and at least my shirt is still buttoned

Kimberly Ann SouthwickKimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of Gigantic Sequins and the author of chapbooks every song by Patsy Cline (dancing girl press, 2014) and efs & vees (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). A poem of hers was recently a finalist for the 2016 Yemassee Poetry Prize. She lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where she loves being a PhD student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Visit for more.


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