Firebird Man By Fred Decker, Gary Johnson, & Randy Green

Firebird Man By Fred Decker, Gary Johnson, & Randy Green I’m just drinking beer on a Sunday afternoon With my brother Doug, it’s the 23rd of June We’re talking ‘bout re-building a car we used to have, A ’68 Firebird that’s down at Mom and Dad’s I’m all revved up, I’m gonna be a Firebird […]

In Darkness By Jon Davis

In Darkness By Jon Davis Silence in this suburb of cars and dogs, of roar and rumble, sudden thump at the railroad crossing. But this morning before 5 am, there’s only the wash, the waterfall of cars on I-25, which sounds in my ear almost like the sound of blood in my arteries— that inner […]

To Motorists By Rudyard Kipling

To Motorists By Rudyard Kipling Since ye distemper and defile Sweet Herè by the measured mile, Nor aught on jocund highways heed Except the evidence of speed; And bear about your dreadful task Faces beshrouded ’neath a mask; Great goblin eyes and gluey hands And souls enslaved to gears and bands; Here shall no graver […]

Driving Through By Mark Vinz

Driving Through By Mark Vinz This could be the town you’re from, marked only by what it’s near. The gas station man speaks of weather and the high school football team just as you knew he would— kind to strangers, happy to live here. Tell yourself it doesn’t matter now, you’re only driving through. Past […]

Hitcher By Simon Armitage

Hitcher By Simon Armitage I’d been tired, under the weather, but the ansaphone kept screaming: One more sick-note, mister, and you’re finished. Fired. I thumbed a lift to where the car was parked. A Vauxhall Astra. It was hired. I picked him up in Leeds. He was following the sun from west to east with just a toothbrush and the good […]

The Automobile Poem By Percy MacKaye

The Automobile Poem By Percy MacKaye Fluid the world flowed under us: the hills    Billow on billow of umbrageous green    Heaved us, aghast, to fresh horizons, seen One rapturous instant, blind with flash of rills And silver-rising storms and dewy stills    Of dripping boulders, till the dim ravine    Drowned us again in leafage, whose serene […]

Driving A Cardboard Automobile Without A License By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Driving A Cardboard Automobile Without A License By Lawrence Ferlinghetti Driving a cardboard automobile without a license       at the turn of the century    my father ran into my mother                   on a fun-ride at Coney Island          having spied each other eating              in a French boardinghouse nearby             And having decided right there and then                            that she […]

The Motor Car By Henry Lawson

The Motor Car By Henry Lawson Caesar’s Column, in book of same name, is built of the bodies of the victims of the Terrible Revolution, set in cement, with the aid of box-like arrangements, or built like a rubble, an adobe, or a mud wall. For Heaven and all the worlds to see. The interior […]

The Cars By Kathleen Fraser

The Cars By Kathleen Fraser Sprinting across the freeway just ahead of them having set his left foot down directly onto the pavement from the ledge of the cement divide and edging his other leg forward deliberately—caught the way sports pages show an athlete with muscles condensed in the effort of crossing through a particular space—and […]

Pinup By Billy Collins

Pinup By Billy Collins The murkiness of the local garage is not so dense that you cannot make out the calendar of pinup drawings on the wall above a bench of tools. Your ears are ringing with the sound of the mechanic hammering on your exhaust pipe, and as you look closer you notice that […]