Mollie Murtagh

Mollie Murtagh is 20 years old and currently studies film, queer studies, and creative writing at Pace University in New York City. She is a filmmaker, an editor for Aphros literary magazine, as well as an award-winning and aspiring poet. Her motto is "always have an attitude of gratitude".

 


A Sample of:

Drug Store Mantra

by Mollie Murtagh

milk

sugar

and Jolly Ranchers

(for my roommate)

a dog

cheese doodle curls

sways its paper tongue

like the walker’s

ponytail

a leaflet disintegrates

in a puddle of—

of what?

it hasn’t rained

(I’m not going to guess)

milk

sugar

Jolly Ranchers

my outfit choice

is poor today,

too many shades of navy, too unbreathable,

the heat is ensnared

in my stuffy shirt;

I no longer smell

like soap

(and I should have

worn a bra)

milk sugar Jolly Ranchers

don’t cross

milk sugar Jolly Ranchers

don’t cross

milk sugar Jolly Ranchers

cross!

To read the Rest of Drug Store Mantra and other great poems pick up the first issue of Crooked Teeth: Summer in the city