Un essai

To Markers of First-Year
English Essays Everywhere

I gotta internalize this cup of coffee
she said to me in her narrative voice
dripping with intertextuality
baby let's get metafictional

I said sorry babe I'm personifying
tim o'brien in the hills tonight
I need to see a doctor about this
inability to reach closure

besides I said let's have george and me
show you the pleasures of verisimilitude
after the test you'll never want
to go back for the cask