Issue No. 7, Winter 2013

Blue Gardenia
Beau Boudreaux

Bulbs of opaque light ebb
a shot of bourbon

hush of late evening, electric murmur
couples in clouds of smoke,

whispers hush her on stage
microphone an altar, divining rod

tall men lean against the mahogany bar
we pause for an unguarded moment

she begins her part, sway the crowd
brush back her sienna-brown locks

a camel chemise, chamois voice
courses us downstream for the evening.

Beau Boudreaux teaches English in Continuing Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. His first book collection of poetry, RUNNING RED, RUNNING REDDER, was published in the spring of 2012 by Cherry Grove Collections. He has published poetry in journals including Antioch Review and Cream City Review, also in anthologies along with The Southern Poetry Anthology.