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Catalina, a poem by Richard King Perkins II

by Richard King Perkins II

Here we will awaken
pulled upward like Natalie Wood
from the sea.

What should have been boffo
is all kelp and algae
drenched in Coke and Fanta.

The moon is temporarily given
an atmosphere on the sound stage
where we first landed.

Barely with voices, the thin sound
pulverized between us, the dust
of space, of performance hugs.

Bio: Richard King Perkins II is a former Gary resident now living in Illinois. “I am a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. I have a wife, Vickie and a daughter, Sage. I am a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee and have had work appear in hundreds of publications, including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Two Thirds North, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary eview. I have poems forthcoming in the Roanoke Review, The Alembic and Milkfist. My poem ‘Distillery of the Sun’ was awarded second place in the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review contest.”