TYRANT #2: About Face

Artwork by Camilla Eustance

When a migrant is elected president

of the senior class and weevils

empty the bolls and the beloved state champions

lose to their fourth-class rival down south and the coach

is found-out to be hard-up for the pastor and a piteousness

of doves fly over with no bullets left to shoot them,

they will muster for the most discharging voice that shouts


About Steven Ray Smith 1 Article
Steven Ray Smith’s poetry has appeared in Slice, The Yale Review, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Pembroke Magazine, Grain, Puerto del Sol and others. New work is forthcoming in The Columbia College Literary Review. A complete list of publications is at StevenRaySmith.org. He lives in Austin with his wife and children and is president of a culinary school.