“My Aunt Smokes Another Lucky”

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“My Aunt Smokes Another Lucky”

by Michael McFee
Southern Cultures, Vol. 12, No. 2: The Tobacco Issue

". . . and everybody laughs, especially my aunt, smoke haunting her head like ghosts of family."

She slips it out of its leatherette case,
an immaculate cartridge
she clenches between the red bow of her lips
while flicking her butane lighter,