The grandfather of the Diner Stories project is a book of poems I published back in 2009. "Diner Poems" is a collection of my memories, impressions, and statements on the diner gothic. Essentially, a gathering of portraits in print.
Here's one of my favorite poems from the book:
NOT UNATTRACTIVE YET
The waitress is still young, her skin
is still clear. Not yet showing
pockmarks that come from
a three-pack-a-day habit.
Male consumers still glance
at her cleavage every time she
leans over the counter. She's not
unattractive yet. Even with
the handles on her hips, and
a slight pooch over her waistline.
Her shirt is short enough that,
when she bends, a winged tattoo
is revealed at the base of her spine.
Her long brown hair is tied
in a short bob that flails
with every sweep of
her slender neck. And whenever
she arches her back,
her butt sticks out farther than
her stomach. So it's still
a given that she's not