"Ineffective Ghost Story" by Jake Villarreal
mom caught me drinking at seventeen
and told me about the southside vampire
who roams the divey old haunts on saturday nights
wears a denim jacket with patches of fruits
tricks horny boys into sweetening their blood with shots
then takes them out back to suck them dry
Jake Villarreal is a queer, indigenous writer in the Midwest. He likes yoga, loose leaf tea, and talking to dogs like they're people. You can find him deep in the em dash discourse on Twitter at @LeftwardDog and on Instagram at @FromAnimalFarm.