The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You” by Kelly Lorraine Andrews

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“I can’t stop listening to that Big Sean song”

and singing I got a million
trillion things I’d rather
fucking do
while driving
as recklessly as my two-
door Yaris can manage.
Tires bump against
curbs with every turn,
window down despite
snow blowing in.

I look at Craigslist personal ads
in other cities—Portland, Denver,
Ashville, Ann Arbor—
but there are creeps everywhere
and besides, cost of living
is what really matters.

Sometimes I think about
how thin your hair
will be in 20 years,
the shape of your
pork belly, how I’d still
sleep with you
despite everything.

I dreamt I hooked up
with two of your friends
at the same time
and both named Mike.
I was sturdy as a tabletop
while taking them in. After,
I was smoking cigarettes
again and I could be
that woman easily.


This selection comes from the poetry collection I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You, available from Dancing Girl Press. Order your copy here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews‘ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Prick of the Spindle, SELFISH, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (forthcoming, Two of Cups Press), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She also coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found at kellyandrewspoetry.com.

Beth Couture‘s work can be found in a number of journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle, Drunken Boat, The Southeast Review, Ragazine, and Thirty Under Thirty from Starcherone Books. Her novella, Women Born with Fur, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014 as part of its Blue Bustard Novellas series. She graduates with her Master’s in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College in May, and she lives in West Philly with her husband and five cats.

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