2018 James Wright Prize in Poetry

Savory Dinner

by Miriam Karraker
 
With and for S.S. 

 
On a Saturday night, we share food and poems and doubts about both. Noodles versus sandwich versus salad. Every dish has its shortcoming (starch abundance, lack of vegetables, flavor/texture balance issues), as does every poem (boring diction, lack of feeling, form/content alignment). We order too much knowingly and say we’ll just take the rest home for later. We sip gin, rant about Twitter, I burn my mouth on a dumpling and you tell me to slow down. I like how we don’t care about winning it, poetry, I mean. We take our time, and, this way, there’s always more for later. 


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