Winter Formal

Larry Narron

under the blue

spell of the strobe-lit gym,

the basketball

court turned sweaty


palace. paper

snow dangles 

just over the free

throw line, where


a dancer scans the grapes

of wrath on her phone.

purple rain bounces

to a forgotten


song from sophomore

year. the chorus in

the boys' bathroom: a blue

corsage in a urinal.