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Camille’s Half-full Glass by Jennifer Lagier | Word Riot

January 15, 2013      

Camille’s Half-full Glass by Jennifer Lagier

Listen to a reading of “Camille’s Half-full Glass” by Jennifer Lagier.

Within the bistro courtyard,
Camille contemplates her near-empty martini;
the first half turned to piss, what remains, bleary.
A thin slice of garnish floats in pale green vodka.

Soon she will swallow the juice in one motion,

a lemon slice joining others beside her glass.

The night is successful: live music, a table-mate

grinning, knowing, as she inhales the last of her drink.

Warm and tipsy, his hand
is a perfect fit between her legs,

the blues guitar player riffing

as a sliver of moon rises through cypress.

God, his fingers feel good.

About the author:

Jennifer Lagier was nominated Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2011. Her books are Coyote Dream Cantos (Iota Press, 1992), Where We Grew Up (Small Poetry Press, 1999), Second-Class Citizen (Voices in Italian Americana Folio Series, 2000), The Mangia Syndrome (Pudding House Publications, 2004), and Fishing for Portents (Pudding House Publications, 2008). She is a member of the Rockford Writers Guild, the Santa Cruz Front Street Poets, the Italian American Writers Association and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings.

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