Volume 9 (Spring 2015)
Momma is faster—quick flicks of the wrist
that slit the skin into flecks and chips,
mealy brown, piling in the sink's bottom.
I'm always slower, fearful of slicing a palm
or knuckle: a painstaking drag, speeding up
with impatience, careless enough to make
small knicks that swell pink with chalky juice
the potatoes leak. I want her to teach me how
to so effortlessly remove all the unwanted
weight and obsession that stiffens soily skin,
that spills over waists and cortical ridges.
Unremarkable, grown, bruised until careworn—
we pare and quarter them beyond recognition.
Paige Sullivan, a graduate of Agnes Scott College, is currently an MFA candidate at Georgia State University, where she also works as an assistant editor at Five Points and an English composition instructor. My work has previously appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, The Red Clay Review, Stone Highway Review, and Naugatuck River Review.
On Libations: "My favorite drink is a Pimm's cup, or, when I'm feeling like a real rural Georgian woman, a Miller Light."