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Dick's Left Wing Bait Shop

Richard Terrill

If you want to own the means of production take a Jig and Pig
down to Every Man Lake when the wind's coming out of the south

in opposition to the oppression of the ruling class
or act locally and drop a vibrating crankbait

into the streets when the masses are just starting to feed
right after sunset late in the season

when bread rations have been slashed and stove wood is harder to           find
than a quiet stretch of stream bank.

A freeze dried minnow on a lindy rig is as good
as power from the barrel of a gun

and when I saw his stringer full of heavy largemouths
I started agitating in my tacklebox

and Leon said what are you looking for
and I answered comrade I'm using what you're using

Leon said now that's Party discipline
I said Leon there's no class nature only bass nature and this one

had a huge fat belly like he swallowed a landlord whole
and I'm not going to even guess how much that lunker weighed.

I'll just let you know I didn't get him into the boat
not alone anyway.


Richard Terrill
is the author of Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for poetry, and two books of creative nonfiction, Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz and Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin and Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Jerome Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and works as a jazz saxophone player.