Our Options Have Changed

Marcia Hurlow

Press 1:  Are you listening?  This is a test.

Press 2:  What you probably want—check back at 7.

Press 3:  You should have turned down the music before you dialed.

Press 4:  A squirrel ran across the yard with a shell in its mouth.

Press 5:  Here is the answer to all of your headaches.

Press 6:  Even your child knows this.

Press 7:  Drive here but put on decent shoes first.

Press 8:  Go back to 2; play it twice.

Press 9:  Hang up. They will call you.  Leave a number.  Try 2.


Marcia L. Hurlow‘s first full-length collection of poetry, Anomie, won the Edges Prize. She also has five chapbooks. More than 300 of her individual poems have appeared in literary magazines, including Poetry, Chicago Review, River Styx, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Stand, Cold Mountain, Zone 3 and The Journal, among others. Last year she received the Al Smith Fellowship for Poetry for the second time.  She was selected as a member of the 2020 cohort of Artists, Inc. in Kansas City.

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