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'Book Club' by Carla Sarett



I was talking about

Mrs. Dalloway.


Emma said Dylan really needs

Ritalin really.


Jane said Ritalin didn’t stop

Jimmy really.


Adam drove a knife

through my new painting


right where the mouth is,

Lilian said, really.


I said, your painting, really.

Jane said, a knife, really.


Emma said, the mouth, really.

Really, Lilian said.



All rights. Carla Sarett.


Carla Sarett is a poet and fiction writer based in San Francisco. A Closet Feminist, a novel, appears in February, 2022 (Unsolicited Press); and She Has Visions, her debut full-length poetry collection appears in November (Main Street Rag Press.) Recent poems appear in UnLost, Prole, Thimble, and Gyroscope.




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