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This week’s poet: Mollie McFee
Mollie McFee was born in Atlanta, GA to a family that loved literature. As a child, she would get mad at her mother for asking difficult questions about the children’s stories they read together. Her first poetic memory is of memorizing the verses to her grandmother’s favorite hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”
Mollie began writing poetry through class exercises as a fourth grader. In high school, she worked on and was published in her school’s literary magazine.
Mollie is a member of Wesleyan’s class of 2010, and a double major in the College of Letters and French Studies. Her current projects include working with the Pedestrian Collective and writing a short collection of poems to be released by Stethoscope Press in the Spring of 2010.
Half-Life of Two Violences
Shopping carts rattling over cobblestones
Sounds nothing like your name,
But I hear it whispered to every mouth I fill,
Fitting in crevices between lentils,
Sour like apricot stew.
The toothless man has
A small hand tattooed on his wrist
And straight scars like stripes up his arms;
He tells me
About his brother,
“Il était un beau gosse.”
I can only hear
Waking every night and day to
And cigarettes on arms.
If one bullet can break a body
Then seven will pop dreams like balloons.
In my sleep I have already died three times,
In my waking mind, more.
he thinks he is anointing me,
Pouring idyllic over our greifs.
What if she
What if she hadn’t.
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