Seriously Funny
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}


Ellaraine Lockie

has had a banner year. She’s received a poetry residency at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, the 2008 Writecorner Press Poetry Prize, the 2007 Elizabeth R. Curry Prize and finalist status for the 2007 Joy Harjo Poetry Award.

Recently released publications are Mod Gods and Luggage Straps, a poetry/art broadside from BrickBat Revue and her fifth chapbook, Blue Ribbons at the County Fair, a collection of first-place contest winning poems from PWJ Publishing.




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Role Reversal

We’re car-pooling with the most popular
boy in the fifth grade
My turn to drive to drama try-outs

My ten-year old
daughter said
ahead of time

not to make
my zebra
bracelet talk

To wear a bra
Underpants too

Don’t do Tai Chi
in the parking lot
while I wait

No McGuire Sisters’
songs in the car

And don’t bring
up the buttons
I collect
for my
gravestone

The list grows with each grade
I’ll never get through adolescence
without rebelling