Lee Crowell

Angel's Place

there is a fat woman in tight fitting clothes
has a place called Little Angel's
she took me through it
the dimly lit dining room
no windows
sticky surfaced tables
heavy glass ashtrays
some half filled with the filth they attract
last night's remnants
of rejections from lust conversation
whose only goal is to get a piece
and when someone does
and believes they are lucky for it
the words become long forgotten
interest in the other person wanes
faster than the final minutes of an inmate on the row

through a door with missing handle I followed to what she called the kitchen
cook gone home from the end of his shift
but the smell of the night's efforts remained
along with crumbs of dried up scraps
tucked away from the broom's easy reach
accoutrements ignored in lieu of an empty stomach
utensils hung in their places until the next cycle
wanting for a proper cleaning

and then down a flight of bare wooden steps
no risers
just the roughness of ancient treads
dusty shelves jammed full with no concept of rotation
(a word not in the vocabulary of this room)
never heard a basement scream so loud for me to get out quick

we settled back up at the bar
a homemade piece painted in high gloss dark oak shade
sat next to my friend Henry Chinaski
while Angel poured us some shots
and when she asked me
it was a strain to find compliments about the tour
I mentioned that everything about her setup made sense
except that I didn't understand the 'Little' part of the name
and she cracked me hard on the shoulder with a bottle of Jack
and Chinaski said it was a shame to see good whiskey wasted

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Poem Edited: Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Comments about Angel's Place by Lee Crowell

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (3/26/2016 3:35:00 AM)

    Brilliant! Sa

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (6/8/2009 5:16:00 AM)

    I've just read this again. Give us more.

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  • Subroto Chatterjee (6/1/2009 8:11:00 AM)

    That was an excellent conversation piece...and I agree with Chinaski...
    Cheers.
    Subroto

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  • Jennylyn Valmorida (5/25/2009 5:44:00 AM)

    i just wanted to stay....

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  • Kizza Michael (5/25/2009 2:56:00 AM)

    i have moved through the poem and reality of life is what i see.... thank you, , , ,

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  • Patti Masterman (5/24/2009 7:59:00 PM)

    I feel like I went somewhere while reading this- I was touring
    Angel's place and really enjoyed myself. Got back and thought,
    where am I? Incredible how much we can forget ourselves in a story.

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/24/2009 5:33:00 AM)

    Just read this again. Thanks for takin' me along.

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  • Reshma Ramesh (5/24/2009 4:09:00 AM)

    the narration is superb...............well done

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  • Elbert Matt Loubser (5/22/2009 6:53:00 AM)

    This, my friend, is one of the funniest poems I have ever read hahaha, very well done

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (5/20/2009 3:25:00 AM)

    A very interesting event. You've always reminded me of Charles Bokowski.Its real, good stuff. Best regards Sally

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  • Barry A. LanierBarry A. Lanier (5/17/2009 4:48:00 AM)

    A really did like this poem...it someewhat reminded me of some of my darker ventures...and you penned it well somewhat reminding me of Bukowski

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  • Patrick McFarland (5/17/2009 1:12:00 AM)

    Very good writing Lee, but not really poetry. Still, very interesting.

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  • James Timothy Jarrett (5/16/2009 8:51:00 PM)

    Nice dark Mickey Spillane feel. Poetry noir? Nice job

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  • Sarah AbdullahSarah Abdullah (5/16/2009 6:22:00 PM)

    Really interesting..and..the lines are really catching...
    Thx alot for leading me to it...

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  • Myrtle ThomasMyrtle Thomas (5/16/2009 1:40:00 PM)

    LOL, yes Lee I think you went to the hotel California also.lol I found this very mysterious and intriguing also.This would not be some where I would want to eat. Different but very drawing as I found myself pulled into it to find what next.very enjoyable

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  • Sebastine HumaemoSebastine Humaemo (5/16/2009 1:15:00 PM)

    waa creative work....loved the way yu ended t....altogthr fun n njoymnt in your lines....10++ sebastine....

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  • M A (5/16/2009 7:13:00 AM)

    Definitely not my style, cause it dosen't rhyme. But you do write very enticing invitations!

    I wouldn't call it dark. Very intriguing. Full of atmosphere and an interesting end. Very 'Hotel California'. Quite enjoyable.

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  • Mohammed AlbalushiMohammed Albalushi (5/15/2009 11:41:00 PM)

    there is a fat woman in tight fitting clothes
    has a place called Little Angel's
    lovely, i like it, thanks for sharing

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  • Marilyn LottMarilyn Lott (5/15/2009 6:11:00 PM)

    Certainly a place to meet 'interesting' people but you may not want to spend a lot of time with them. This is like a short short story. Stirs the senses, not necessarily in a good way. '10! ' for fascinating creativity.

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn

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  • G. Murdock (5/15/2009 3:57:00 PM)

    Hello Lee, I like the angle of being in the bar with Hank Chinaski, maybe even drinkin ' whiskey with him. Bukowski is one of my alltime favorite poets and this long tome had some licks laid down. I saw Cormac McCarthy and Bukowski and Ferlinghetti in your bar scene. I think the best laid stuff was toward the end. I must be a misfit too cause I liked this poem.

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