Land of a Thou­sand Hair­dos

Geist - - Findings - JILL MANDRAKE

From The Green Stool Café Went Belly Up. Self-pub­lished in 2015. Jill Mandrake writes strange but true sto­ries and leads Sis­ter DJ’S Ra­dio Band, fea­tur­ing rhythm and blues cov­ers, post-vaudeville orig­i­nal tunes and oc­ca­sional com­edy bits.

Why were so many hair­dressers called Diane?

Hail­ing a cab right af­ter the six-thirty rush

Mak­ing it home in time to watch Carol Bur­nett

Blue light so wel­com­ing, glow­ing from in­side the den Re­flect­ing along the wet side­walks with echo­ing heels Spilling on pud­dles of mud, and puppy dog tails

And hus­bands all home from the le­gion early enough To chuckle in front of the telly be­fore doz­ing off Hair­dress­ing school had pro­vided a ticket away To bee­hives and pix­ies, page­boys and bangs and bouf­fants Born at a time when the pop­u­lar pink-blan­ket names Were Jen­nifer, Sylvia, Bev­erly, Joyce and Diane

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