Sunday, February 10, 2019

Pieces Of Paper by Ben Newell

The co-owner/chef
is out today,
attending class in order to renew
his ServSafe certificate.

The health dept.
requires this credential. 

The health dept. doesn’t require
my credential;
they don’t give a flying fuck
about my MFA—

Nor does anybody else
for that matter.

I guess
that’s why I’m the dishwasher.

About Ben Newell: 

Ben Newell, 46, works as a dishwasher in Jackson, Mississippi.  His chapbook, You Are Being Detained, was published by Epic Rites Press as part of its 2017 Punk Chapbook Series.  

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