University of Pittsburgh Press / "Harold's Chicken Shack #35"

April 15th, 2017

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"Harold's Chicken Shack #35" from Wild Hundreds by Nate Marshall (2015)

fried gizzards w/ fries

your dad orders it for you
& you are too young
to know what you'll have
to swallow &
too old to refuse food.
 
good sauce is equality
for all fowl. you know
this crunch & thickness
around your tongue.
 
what changes is texture.
gizzard is stubborn,
muscular. you grind your
teeth like nervous sleep
to eat. you push all the hard
down your throat, away
from your taste buds.
 
gizzard is a bird's first
stomach to help
the avian break down
what it consumes.
 
you too swallow difficult shit
like gizzards & if
you're lucky sauce
might help. & if you're not
praise anyway. gravel
is necessary food.