Kitchen Table MFA (Madwomen): Hungry

This poem is part of the Kitchen Table MFA, a series that showcases writing communities through interviews and creative writing.

The Savannah air feels wet and Rita 

sticks her hand out the window, wiggles 

her fingers, and slides them down my arm.

Feel it?

In Pittsburgh, there’s someone who says

no one loves you like I do

and it’s something I carry with me

like a lucky rabbit’s foot. 

Driving down Abercorn 

there’s a lazy light I’m dazzled by.

I’m hungry for heat,

sweat dripping from forehead to breast,

hungry to touch the tips of trees I like so much,

the ones that bend over like they’re looking for something

and don’t seem to care if they ever find it.

Read Nancy Reddy’s interview with Madwomen here. Read the other members’ work from Madwomen here and here.

Kayla Sargeson

Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (Main Street Rag, 2015) and Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). With Lisa Alexander, she co-curates the Laser Cat reading series. Sargeson lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County

Gordon Johnson

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay