Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Rise in Popularity

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Rise in Popularity

Article excerpt

The door opens to snow and a radio show's

A Christian has to believe everyone

who is not Christian goes to hell

or they are not Christian and will also go to hell.

But that Southern hymn with cellos and banjos

about the dove and the shoe polish shop

is so sweet, I forget about the unkind words

from earlier and go to the washing tub.

I scrub the potatoes as though I am offering

a meal to someone besides myself, as if I am kind.

Baltimore baseball plays on the television but

all I hear are cola ads and think about in college

how I used to protest super stores, anything

to make my voice heard. I did work at a McDonalds

though, a year later, coaching a disabled man,

from the prayer house, on how

to steam the fries and not say fuck off to a customer

that reminded him of the staff worker who raped him

in the training center institution. …

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