Can Safety Matches Make Us Safe?
You read the tiny cardboard book before
you scratch the strip under Augie's New Pizza
on the back of MIA:We still don't know
(and isn't that the truth?). Earn college
credit at home, taking tests on a screen
being screened. Bad credit? We can help.
Remember to close cover before striking
or go out on strike /// three strikes: you're out
of the fire into a plastic frying pan, teflon
on electric glowing rings - not like when
your phone rings and someone tells you
what you know you don't want to know.
Used by permission.
Photo by: Barbara Gundle
First published in 5AM, Summer 2011
Judith Arcana writes poems, stories, and essays. Her books include Grace Paley's Life Stories, A Literary Biography, the poetry collection What if your mother, and the poetry chapbook 4th Period English. This year her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies online and in print. Judith lives in Oregon, in an apartment upstairs of her neighborhood library.
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