Creative Writing

Published on March 31st, 2015 | by TLV News


“Mudpie Contessas” – Poetry by Elizabeth Tettleton

Mississippi writers come from

pollen-coated porches

and stone circled gardens,

where cotton snows

in July over red clay farms

catfish ponds

lightnin’ bug jars.


Mudpie contessas become

Miss Universe, America

pensively confesses, living the

childhood play-house dream.

Sipping sweet tea is best

in a creaking wooden rocker

on Nanas porch by the oak tree

nestled among the pinetree



Still sweetmornings in the Delta

milking cows before

sunrisin’, bare

foot races

painted carnival faces

ankledeep muddy creekbed places

cool attic crawlspaces

make writers

in Mississippi. The Local Voice Ligature

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