Rikki Santer

Andy Warhol’s Buffet of Thoughts at the Kahiki Supper Club; Columbus, Ohio

I’m feeling like a pu pu pu pu platter machine.

Here I am, the MSG of your party,
your ambassador of kitsch.

All this South Seas camp is so deliciously

Bring me another steaming plate
of quotation marks, please.

I adore this place . . . it’s the Louvre
of American irony.

I’m getting swept away by the eye-shadow-turquoise
of the Mystery Girl.

But you need more Ken dolls at the Outrigger Bar.

The Scorpion, The Headhunter, The Coconut Kiss—
they all make me want to live à la Polynésienne.

I could just tap dance atop one of those gongs
while the gossipy tittle-tattle from that parrot
seduces me.

Wrap your legs ‘round a palm tree
and I’ll make a lodestar of you
with my Polaroid.

Should I autograph your napkin—
the tip of your tongue?

I suspect this lingering afterthought of Spicy Kung Pao Shrimp
is Duchamp’s doing.

Even these leftovers are Time Capsule-worthy.

I’ll have more
of the soup.

Author Portrait

Rikki Santer’s work has appeared in various publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Margie, Slab, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Grimm, and The Main Street Rag. Two of her published chapbooks have explored place: Front Nine and Kahiki Redux. Clothesline Logic was published by Pudding House as a finalist in their national chapbook competition, and her most recent book, Fishing for Rabbits, was published by Kattywompus Press.