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Carrie Fountain

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Carrie Fountain

Carrie Fountain is the author Instant Winner (Penguin Books, 2014) and Burn Lake (Penguin Books, 2010), selected for the National Poetry Series. She is the writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University and the host of KUT’s This Is Just to Say. She 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

When, at the end, the children wanted 
to add glitter to their valentines, I said no. 

I said nope, no, no glitter, and then, 
when they started to fuss, I found myself 

saying something my brother’s football coach 
used to bark from the sidelines when one 

of his players showed signs of being 
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