Wine Fridge

Travis Mossotti
A wine fridge, used gently, free for pickup
on Craigslist; it rests there because, quite simply,
capitalism requires that such novelties accrue
when the middle class suffers a glut of bonus
income come February, and I don’t know how
much cheap wine fits inside, but Kendall-Jackson
comes to mind as the only bulk white I recall
from the country club where I worked banquets
at sixteen so I could afford to #heymister beer
and gun it across the county line and disappear,
for what it was worth, into a bonfire where
I must’ve said at least a dozen times, Fuck
this penguin outfit or Fuck those goddamned
rich-ass motherfuckers or Pass me a smoke,
I got a light. Still, that wine fridge will never
cross my lawn, let alone front-door threshold,
the same way my sixteen-year-old self will
never give up chain smoking or believing
in the beautiful death or staring bewilderedly
out from inside my body’s bones at what’s left
of him that I’ve kept shelved in a plastic bin
on the unfinished side of the basement. A few
pictures and a journal. Maybe a soccer trophy?
His disappointment will just have to get in line
with the rest of me, because old age crushes
boutonnières into the shape of a wine fridge,
a fucking fridge designed for the purpose
of keeping wine at less than room temperature.
I hate wine. And yet here it is now, smack dab
in the middle of my poem, which is just what
I need. One more absurd, impossible thing
I have somehow been charged with getting rid of.
Page 57, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124
Issue 124

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 124:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review 124 contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O'Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin's remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O'Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O'Driscoll, and there's also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

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