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Broke-Ass Stuart is now accepting poetry submissions to be featured in the BAS Poetry: Arts & Culture column. Written & curated by Corinne Avganim.

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It is HOT in San Francisco, which I’ve decided means I am on a visceral vacation. Sitting in the heat, drinking a cold one, and reading pretty words about small towns and warm nights has really sealed the feel. Try it, you’ll like it.

By Robert Jeffrey
Dunedin, Florida

This town feels
empty at night.
I wander the streets
and see
drunks walk home
from bars
and tired faces
in the darkness.

Two kids
on dirt bikes
cruise past me
in front of
a gas station.
They swear
at each other,
and keep riding.

I know she’s
out there:
some pouty faced
just looking
for love.

I stare out
at the street,
slowly sipping
my iced coffee.

Snap! Keep up on Robert on his blog, and stay tuned here for more new work from the BAS community. Until then, you can follow us via @brokeassstuart and the hashtag #poetryisvoice.

To submit a poem, email with your 100% original piece of work, full name, age, city, links to social media, and (optional) biographical blurb.

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corinne avganim - baspoetry curator

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BAS Poetry was introduced by Corinne Avganim to lend a platform for unheard artists to share their voices. Submit your 100% original poem to