A Lot Of Great Bands Got Their Angst Out In Their Mid-Twenties
After Morgan Parker
You can’t stop crying
in public all the time.
Your roommate who faked attempted suicide,
how much you miss your dad, eternal mysteries of outer space.
Guilt that your high cheekbones came from rape.
Colonialism in the name of God. War on Drugs. You’re cigaretteless.
You are a composer now,
but you’ve always stuttered.
Here are some ways in which
you repeat yourself: your family
mourns your lifestyle, you are a lazy
talker. You have no thoughts;
you talk. Or you try to analyze your life like a text:
you are jittery and unforgiving. You are robotic.
A stutterer and a stutterer and a slurer
interrupted and on the defense.
You hate it at work when
strangers call you “Baby,”
but that is really how you miss yourself.
Katherine Carr is an undergraduate English major at Mississippi State University.