• A Supermarket in Memphis

    Caki Wilkinson

    Winter 2020

    It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, says everyone who won’t admit it’s both, but even deep in June you need a coat in Kroger, which I did not remember the morning after my cousin Hope won $200 for the beating the crap out of a woman onstage at Blanchard’s. I used to worship her, older, taller, tougher, my very own ego’s fog machine. It was a week of new laws, headlines reading Wine in Groceries, Guns on Campus, both sides still buzzing, righteous, both sides a little bit appeased.

    Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (2011) and The Wynona Stone Poems (2015).  New poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Yale Review, and Kenyon Review. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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