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"Three Coins in the Fountain" • Frank Sinatra (by Jack B. Bedell)


My mother loved to tell company 

how my father won the talent contest


at his high school senior year 

singing Sinatra in the same suit


and tie he wore for their wedding. 

Hearing her tell that to folks


over and again, it always 

struck me how he never, ever,


sang to us. He kept a stack 

of 78s next to his work bench


in the garage, though, and 

whenever his table saw


was spinning, he’d let his voice 

free to cut straight through it.



Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in HAD, Heavy Feather, Pidgeonholes, The Phare, Moist, Autofocus, EcoTheo, The Hopper, Terrain, and other journals. He’s also had pieces included in Best Microfiction and Best Spiritual Literature. His latest collection is Against the Woods’ Dark Trunks (Mercer University Press, 2022). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

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