Hollywood Squares and Starving Artists by Kevin Ridgeway

I was waiting to board an airplane
at SFO when Richard Greco and the guy
that played Urkel got on with the
first class passengers long after their
fame and catchphrase human punch line glory
had passed; they refused to look at the coach
passengers from behind their sunglasses as
we filed by.  the co-pilot chatted them up about
the charity basketball tournament they played
in having been fixed, and they both agreed,
having lost the game to NBC’s Must See TV
All-Star Prime Time Players in a screecher
that gave Meredith Baxter-Birney heat stroke;
that’s when our plane hit severe turbulence
and I thought to myself that I did not want
to die on the same plane as Urkel and Richard
Greco, a moment in history that would include
me on the flight registries as a passenger in
the last row of coach next to the bathroom
and it’s relentless turds, two drunk men surrounding
me and finding excuses to touch my knees and my
thighs, with stale blue corn tortilla chips as the
last reported meal to canned laughter and
sitcom funeral applause.

Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset: Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset: Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

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