Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Ideal Cities, a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her most recent collection is Copia. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.
October 28, 2016
A poem from the Fall 2016 issue. 
 
What are the details I’ve left out? That I’m not
 
poor. That I’ve never had to buy food
at the Dollar Store at the end of the month.
 
That I’m relentlessly straightforward lately,
which has to do with my need to tell you
 
exactly what happened, because what happened
is so unclear.