Haiku by my mother I found among the marginalia in her checkbook after she drank herself to death

by Benjamin Aleshire

Benjamin Aleshire lives in New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), Iowa Review, Boston Review, and on television in the US, China, and Spain. He is the recipient of a James Merrill Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and the 2019 Words & Music Festival Prize in Nonfiction, selected by Nathaniel Rich. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress, POET FOR HIRE, was published at LitHub. Ben serves as a contributing editor for the Green Mountains Review. Find him at www.poetforhire.org, and on Instagram at @benjamin_aleshire.

call Susan at bank
ask about overdraft fees—
cry this time

 


Benjamin Aleshire lives in New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), Iowa Review, Boston Review, and on television in the US, China, and Spain. He is the recipient of a James Merrill Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and the 2019 Words & Music Festival Prize in Nonfiction, selected by Nathaniel Rich. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress, POET FOR HIRE, was published at LitHub. Ben serves as a contributing editor for the Green Mountains Review. Find him at www.poetforhire.org, and on Instagram at @benjamin_aleshire.

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