PERESTROIKA DADDY GOTTA TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS by Nathan Price

March 5, 2016

This presented a problem for Earl, as he was known

to serve tea

in flowered Dixie cups. So he dug a hole to Moscow

to find the famed tarot reader, Georgianna, who was

lenient with intentions

to the point that she often didn’t have any.

She lounged among blue rhododendrons, which were

braced to her

black cats with small vice clamps—

a heavily slinking flora and fauna. But Earl

never found her.

Digging out from his tunnel, he happened upon

The 28th Annual International Trade Fair for Equipment

for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Those people were on all sides. Their motto

moped about the gates of the Kremlin on hand-made

beveled signposts:

“The machine works fine. You’re the one with the problem.”

The meeting-goers dove out of their suits into neat

fleshy stacks

all around Earl—a naked barricade

of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and suddenly

a song

opened up in him. His masculinity shone

off of their bareness like a pair of well-worn

rubles.

He collected their discarded outerwear

and descended back into his tunnel, another

opportunist

in the hole.

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Nathan Price is working off his apparent debt to Satan as an online-marketing manager in LA. He attended Oberlin and UCLA and has been published in Miller’s Pond and Rosebud. He also plays 12 instruments and accidentally wrote some of the worst jokes in the first Sharknado moviefilm.

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