Supermarket Diaries

For more than a decade, I have been a supermarket cashier, seeing customers for five minutes at a time as they pass through my line. At best, they are polite to me; at worst, they look right through me or take out their frustrations on me.

 

And, in return, I have lost faith in humanity, and compassion for people.

 

I wrote these poems to try to regain that compassion — to find a way to think about them as individuals with troubles of their own.

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A Bed With My Name
On It

This book of poems draws on the author's experience within the mental health system from the time she was a little girl until she reached her early twenties.

 

The poems illuminate the soul-numbing degradations that spurred her to find her way out of the system and the kindnesses that made it possible.

 

Each poem provides a clue to her survival: from the drug addict who told her never to follow his path, to the staff member who sat up with her every night, to the YWCA that provided her first safe harbor.

 

Taken together, the poems also reveal the resilience and the dauntless sense of humor that allowed her to heal and triumph.

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