Remembering Carol Andersen
A girl we used to know on a beach, the former beach bunny Carol Andersen was her name, and we knew she hated fishing. When young she had all the old perverts with tongues wagging, from Port Macquarie and everywhere else she said she was from. She was a lost soul, yet who would ever really know? She was a beach poet, with hearts in sand, and blades hidden in the castles. She wasn't the only one, many young, many too young for the button-down Bukowski blokes that looked at a woman and never wondered more than what they could provide them. A painfully shy star bred from the Tropic of Cancer, and often reading the "The Great Gatsby" by the waves, trying to avoid the invasions. Remember Carol Andersen, confused, quiet with a debilitating grasp of heart, can she trust the creeping shadow bearing gifts? Unknown followers in flower shops, tying themselves to her lips. They gaze at her hips. And they slide away into a beach wave and smile. Over a martini she hides in. In the prayers she fades away in. They glance over her cup, to watch if she drops a sip. Rebellious longers, siphon the gasoline, attend the beer festivals, joining Ponzi schemes, and use her for amusement. I was held away from the spine of her book. Her name and image to my heart. I would bleed my prayers over candlelight hoping for her hand's touch. Carol was here, in the sand, a shy smile, a flirtatious smile. Then she went away. So now I’m hunting Bukowskis down with bottle cap bitten teeth and long mopped hair. They all want to be the respected, unkempt island scholar. I can read their fake identities and watch them slide into caves and braid their sociopathic caskets. The beach hops with sounds of bells, melted metal, and smells like Sour Mash Bourbon and shoes that have plastered manure soles.
Bio: David L O’Nan is a poet, short story writer, editor living in Southern Indiana. He is the editor for the Poetry & Art Anthologies “Fevers of the Mind Poetry and Art. and has also edited & curated other Anthologies including 2 inspired by Leonard Cohen and an upcoming one inspired by Bob Dylan. He has self-published works under the Fevers of the Mind Press “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” “The Cartoon Diaries” & “New Disease Streets” (2020). A compilation of 4 books “Bending Rivers” a micro poem collection “Lost Reflections” and new book “Before the Bridges Fell” (look under books tab in Amazon) under Cajun Mutt Press & “His Poetic Last Whispers” (2022) David has had work published in Icefloe Press, Dark Marrow, Truly U, 3 Moon Magazine, Elephants Never, Royal Rose Magazine, Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Cajun Mutt Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Voices From the Fire. Twitter is @davidLONan1 and for the book @feversof Join Facebook Group: Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Arts Group . Facebook Author page DavidLONan1 and goodreads page is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18366060.David_L_O_Nan Hard Rain Poetry Anthology U.S. Link https://tinyurl.com/2p938cy8 International links on this page. https://feversofthemind.com/2022/06/23/hard-rain-poetry-forever-dylan-anthology-available-today/ Before the Bridges Fell is on Cajun Mutt Press and info can be found https://feversofthemind.com/2022/06/03/before-the-bridges-fell-by-me-david-l-onan-poetry-book-is-out-today-on-cajun-mutt-press/ to buy a copy here is the link https://amzn.to/3KQ3tfx