12/3/13

Carrie Murphy

Me & All The Gluten-Frees

Me & all the gluten-frees:
we feel sad when we see children
eating McDonald’s. We bang
our heads against cast-iron cookery
& say problematic while we look
at artisanal lingonberries online.

The beautiful little blobs of oil
on the inside of the cellophane
Kandy Kakes wrapper are a part
of my childhood I never
thought I’d get back. But here they are.
This is how I know there’s a plan
for all of us.

What to do when everything in me
feels like hot pepper jelly I couldn’t
digest even if I wanted to? We’re all
made of heat so that’s enough, right?
That should be enough.


Carrie Murphy is the author of the poetry collection PRETTY TILT ( Keyhole Press, 2012) and the chapbook, MEET THE LAVENDERS (Birds of Lace, 2011). Her second full-length book, FAT DAISIES, is forthcoming in 2014 from Big Lucks Books. She received an MFA from New Mexico State University and works as a teacher, freelance writer, and doula.

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