Mountain Dew Mouth
Mountain dew mouth
exists above South Carolina,
in the mountains
where coal miners dig brown land
for black rocks;
open mouths rimmed with dirt, house
tiny tree stumps with scattered spaces
in two, jagged rows,
asymmetrical like the rows of forest
laid down by timber barons in the 1900’s.
Diseased, broken pearls covered in spittle,
darkened by tobacco pouches
pushing bottom lips forward,
enamel defeated by the contents of cans
imprinted on back pockets
in Appalachian hollers,
welcome the green, carbonated liquid
determined to fester in Appalachian incisors.
About the Author: Rachel Sobylya received a B.A. in English and history from East Tennessee State University in 2012, and she graduated from Dartmouth College's M.A. Liberal Studies program in 2015. She currently teaches high school English in Katy, TX. Her work has appeared in The Journal and is forthcoming in West Texas Literary Review.