"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.


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