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Car Wash in Echo Park

Feb 20, 2013

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Just me, the kid, and random vatos
hosing down our precious autos.

A carvac hiccups, coughs and whines.
With hard work, fenders almost shine.

A single boom box emits notes,
and from our unsuspecting throats

the dark blue of a song we know
rises like a u.f.o.

We belt it out. Then almost blush,
lean harder on the worn scrub brush.

I call my kid who says good-bye
to other kids who don’t reply.

We drive away, as cool as ice.
She taps my hand. “You guys sang nice.”

 

Copyright © “Car Wash in Echo Park” by Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge 175x117 Car Wash in Echo Park YA author Ron Koertge South Pasadena writers Ron Koertge Pasadena poets author Ron Koertge  photoAsk Ron Koertge what he brings to the realm of young adult fiction and he responds matter-of-factly. “I write dialogue well, and am funny. I like iconoclasm and practice it in my fiction. I don’t like pretense or hypocrisy. I’m almost always irreverent.”

Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature, Ron lives in South Pasadena, California.

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