Dining in Haddonfield

By Chris Bullard

John Giannotti’s Hadrosaurus foulkii sculpture in Hadrosaurus Lane is now the central
landmark of downtown Haddonfield.

The Hadrosaurs looked up from their salad plates
when Tyrannosaurus Sex click-clacked
into their watering hole on stiletto-heeled,
black-leather, knee-high boots.
The females bellowed warnings:
“doesn’t realize how she presents herself,”
“shows low self-esteem” and “tramp.”
The males stretched their wrinkled necks
to glance at T. Sex chewing the cherry
from her flesh pink cosmopolitan.
After a glacial epoch, the herd returned to conversation,
though many of the old bulls
were thinking annihilation under those spurs
might beat going home to the swamp.

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Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He lives in Collingswood, NJ, and works for the federal government as an Administrative Law Judge. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wilkes University. Plan B Press published his chapbook, You Must Not Know Too Much, in 2009. Big Table Publishing published his second chapbook, O Brilliant Kids, in 2011. WordTech Editions published his first full-length book of poetry, Back, in November of 2013. Kattywompus Press published his third chapbook, Dear Leatherface, in January of 2014.