A Spoken Poem by Tonicus Balonicus

      by Elise Brand

The smell of something
Between a sandwich
And an industrial plant—
Chemical baloney,
Delaware south,
The other poultry capital per capita.
Confederate Carolina’s
Pungent southern hospitality
Strangely comforting here
In Charleston, this wafture
Of home.





Elise Brand has taught English for twenty-three years. She lives in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, with her husband, who is a history professor, and their two kitties. Her work has been published in the Broadkill Review and the North Penn Reporter. As a featured teacher of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate (MCPL) program, she has also been published on the MCPL website. She loves to wear scarves and eat sushi.




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