Michael Mlekoday – “The Night the Owner of Our Second Favorite Bar Put Ten Bucks into the Jukebox”

Performed at the Button Studio

“‘Tom Purty,’ you called him, your body swelling with desire like your first acoustic in summer. The one you learned on until the neighbor boy smashed it like in the videos.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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