A Northwest Based Literary Journal

Excerpt: Poetry

The Jerry Springer Show at the Laundromat

Tyler Gillespie

“Today
our guests
are here
to reveal

shocking truths
about themselves

to their lovers,”
says Jerry

as I count
quarters

[2 dollars
to wash
$1.50
to dry].

“Ryan thinks
his
curiosity
might have
gotten

the best
of him
this time.”

I come to
this laundromat
because it’s close
to my apartment,

and the owner
asks about
my day

says
be cool
until I see
you
next time. We

watch Jerry,
who’s been
on air
since 1991.
I was four
at the time;

that same year
Dad left me and Mom.

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