There are stadiums with fewer parking spaces than this strip mall
Where nearly every occupied storefront has the words
Thrift, outlet, bargain, dollar, pawn, cheap
All of the food here is fast
And the mobile home park is surrounded by the kinds of businesses
That endure by clinging to the poorest
Checks cashed, electronics bought, greenback advances against your car title
Low-rent strip clubs make work out of words like “foxes” and “babes”
While women gather for other reasons at “The Best Little Hair House”
Urban hipsters still travel down to embrace two of the city’s last drive-ins
One with movies, the other with milkshakes and pie
Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014.
These pieces were originally used as a narrative for the photography
exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.