Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Bowl

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Bowl

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We work at the factory until it shuts down and then we work in the deli section or the meat counter. If a girl gets pregnant we throw her a baby shower with ice cream cake if were all chipping in. No matter if it's the second marriage or the third we hire a party bus and all us girls go out on the town, barbeque, bowling, and a Black Sabbath tribute band. If, in the photos, our faces look sad, it's because you caught us at a bad moment. We are not sad. When the baby is born we'll ringlet her hair. If it's a boy we'll cover him with socket wrenches and fire trucks. If the siren makes him scream we will distract him with a tit until he's too old for tit and then we'll distract him with a slice of ham and some American cheese. We do not want to be strange with one horn growing out of our foreheads. We want to be what the others have been, sit on the same stool the others have sat on when our ankles swell. …

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