Leaving Home

Collection, Mary Hitchings


I can’t breathe–

like paper cuts

behind my eyelids

I cough up

banana peels

every time I kill

a spider.

I miss laughing

and the jingle of dog tags.

No one plays the piano anymore.



About the Author

Carol McCarthy · University of Iowa

Carol McCarthy is from Downers Grove, IL and is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in English, Spanish, and minoring in Gender Studies.  She hopes to help introduce an institutional change in the education system by making a Gender Studies and Sex education an official core class taken every year, just like English, Math, Science, History, etc. Her writing interests include fiction and poetry. “Leaving Home” first appeared in Earthwords.

About the Artist

Mary Hitchings · University of Georgia

“Collection” first appeared in Stillpoint.


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