Nicole Callihan: Carnival

A thousand years before I started
worrying about how to cook the chicken,
I’d wander around the big state fair
with its cigarettes and fried dough
and old men who would guess you at 16
even though you were 12. I still get dizzy
thinking of walking around in all
those dirty circles. What was it I wanted
so badly? Some boy to win me a bear?

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