PoetryIssue 22 | April 2015

Freedom Fries

by Krista Genevieve Farris

I haven’t had that European vacation—
the one where you sling a backpack over
your shoulder and wash your underwear in
a sink and wonder why the outlets look
so funny and where to change your money
when your passport is stamped at the rail
crossings. I’ve never had that vacation
when I eat cheese like the French and don’t
gain a single pound and drink wine
but don’t become addicted. That time and place
where my flat chest is beautiful and the boys
think I’m sexy just for being there and having
the courage to smile and say hello in a foreign tongue.
Now Europe uses Euros and there are
cameras everywhere in England and
someone sits and eats crisps in a cubby
and watches you with your skirt hiked to your
waist humping the Parisian against a chain-link fence.

About the author

Krista Genevieve Farris is a poet run amok. Her husband and three boys are very patient with her compulsive writing habit and know not to turn on the ceiling fans above her piles of poems. She is equally enthralled with distance running, giving all ample time to play with the fan to restore good flow. Krista has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Change from Indiana University. Visit her blog.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok