Olivia Muenz

2021, Poetry
[Text is inside a square box that resembles a tv with "rabbit ears"]

entertainment from the sickbed is all static

suck me in to the tv you sucker

I am all bunny ears and showmanship

I will pull you out of my hat

await my glowing mouth to feed you nicely

in niceties here i am

the world as you know it now safely in a frame

of containably contaibables of somewhere else

FAMILY VACATION

1.

I’m hitting the road with jack…
We’re going to the grand canyon…
We’re going to feel grand…
We’re going to feel alive by looking at a gaping hole…
That’ll do it…
Should I tell you what my plan is?
I don’t have a plan…
That’s either my big problem or my big solution.

2.
Listen up…
We aren’t staring into rocks like we’re waiting for coffee to brew…
I’m climbing up that thing…
I’m getting you out of my pockets…
You’re the little stone in my shoe that won’t come out…
I’m commanding you nicely, please get out…
Would the tone of my voice make a difference?
Fine, I’ll say it louder.

3.
You are not at the grand canyon with me…
You are not even in the bath tub…
I’ve sucked you down the drain…
I was sorry to do it…
You were sorry to do it…
We exchanged greeting cards…
Do you know what a greeting is?
Can it fit inside my envelope?

4.
We could only get to New Mexico…
The older version is too far away…
We stretch our arms to go back in time…
What are we leaning towards?
We’re no better than a plant by a shady window…
All my plants do the YMCA…
I’ll burst this window wide open…
I’m thirsty for something good.


Olivia Muenz is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Louisiana State University. She received her BA from NYU and is currently the Nonfiction Editor for New Delta Review. Her work is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal and Heavy Feather Review. @oliviamuenz