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Carrie Fountain

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Carrie Fountain

Carrie Fountain is the author of Instant Winner (Penguin Books, 2014). She is writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University and lives in Austin, Texas.

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There is a holiness to exhaustion
is what I keep telling myself,
filling out the form so my TA gets paid
then making copies of it on the hot
and heaving machine, writing
Strong start! on a pretty bad poem.
And then the children: the baby’s
mouth opening, going for the

between the blind and the sill, nothing
really. There are so many things
that destroy. To think solely of them
is as foolish and expedient as not 
thinking of them at all. All I want 
is to be the river though I return