David Memmott has published six books of poetry. His most recent book is the novel Canned Tuna (Redbat Books, 2017). A Rhysling Award winner, Spur Award finalist, Fishtrap fellow and Playa resident, his work with Wordcraft of Oregon earned three fellowships in publishing from Literary Arts. Inc. (Portland). He founded and now serves as a contributing editor for Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism. A special feature on his digital art appears online at Serving House Journal and a gallery can be viewed on his website, www.davidmemmott.com.
I’m ready to cash in and call it a shift when I make this mug in a green toupee, gold golf shirt and cocky khakis. He’s all huddled over a stack of $10 chips at the blackjack table. I recognize him, that coyote—that boozer, liar, cheat and irredeemable loser who once went out with my wife.