"Why I Want to Be a Dollar-Store Poet" by Joseph Quiroz

At dollar stores, there are always books

being sold that nobody cares about.


Bad romance novels

Trashy detective stories

Boring political books

Inspirational self-help gloop

but there's never really any poetry


I want to have a bad poetry book

at a dollar store so that whenever

someone confuses me for a dollar-store 

worker when I'm wearing a nice

button-down shirt and some neat

black slacks, I will be able to say,

“No, I don't work here but I have 

a bad poetry book for sale though.

Please buy it.”