If you have been wondering why all the forks have suddenly returned to the cutlery drawer, it’s because I put them there after finding them in the backseat of my car. Embedded in dirty rice within over-sized tupperware containers, they have been accumulating fungi in the dark and moist environment my automobile has cultivated. The dirty rice and the strogonoff and the lasagna, in which the forks were still stuck, stayed in my car after I took those leftovers to school to eat during lunch. The small remains, however, have been sitting in my car since November. On a whim, I cleaned out the back seat and found them and replaced them in the drawer. They had great fun in the company of scarves, sweaters, oil-stained t-shirts, camera tripods (multiple, mind you) quarters, sunglasses, hair brushes, water bottles, and one Superman costume.
Published by Derek Berry
Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History. View all posts by Derek Berry