The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: 28,065 Nights by Katie Manning

I Haven’t Eaten Fried Bologna Since You Died

When I spent my days with you, I’d watch you fry a pink circle brown,
unwrap bright yellow cheese, and squeeze ketchup onto bread. You’d
cut the sandwich in two and put half on each plate. Then we’d sit down
together on the couch, and I’d ask, Can I have your half? And you would swap
our sandwiches, even though they were the same, even if mine already had
a bite taken out. Still, thirty years later, I swear your side tasted the best.

This selection comes from 28,065 Nights, available from River Glass Books. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Erin Elizabeth Smith.

Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and her fifth chapbook, 28,065 Nights, is newly available from River Glass Books. Her poems have appeared in American Journal of Nursing, december, The Lascaux Review, New Letters, Rogue Agent, Stirring, THRUSH, Verse Daily, and many other venues. Twitter Handle: @iamkatmann

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard, and Mid-American. Smith is a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee.

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