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i refuse to wear the shoes i wore to the hospital
to eat non-organic berries
to piss in bars

i won’t make decisions on the full moon anyway
when my bed is red
with my dizzy eyes

i refuse to wear the shoes i wore to the hospital
to shake hands with excess lotion
to drink red wine

i’d rather drink the milk my mother made me
when she was pregnant with my brother
and i, infantsick

i refuse to wear the shoes i wore to the hospital
i am the clammiest of hands
and far too many teeth

i wouldn’t remove them at the front door anyway
appease a man in a jacket
or look away

Old & Young Porn by Emily Carney

We are excited to announce that Electric Cereal’s first release in 2016 will be a poetry collection by Emily Carney titled Old & Young Porn.

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Published Work

Electric Cereal
Poetry Magazine
Rookie Magazine
The Quietus
3:AM Magazine
Hobart 1 2
Alien She Zine
Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Praise for Old & Young Porn

This collection is how it feels to try out adulthood and repeatedly find that you are both still a child and really good at life. Our hero is joyfully amused by her every raw emotion, and at the world’s absurdity. It made me uncomfortable, but only because it resonates so deeply, so I came out on the other side laughing and less alone.

— Tavi Gevinson, editor of Rookie Magazine

Sara Sütterlin’s Cutty Spot Interview

I Will Always Be In Love (Day 5)

I got dressed up and walked around Oakland with no purpose. I got dressed up and thought I am giving this coat a test drive. I got dressed up and walked alone and then finished a novel while sitting in a mausoleum. I got dressed up and took the train and wandered over to old haunts which were closed early for Sunday and looked into the windows and saw the reflection of my outfit. I got dressed up and went out and didn’t know where I was going and it didn’t matter.

Broadsides from Alexandra Naughton’s I Will Always Be In Love are available for purchase for $5 and $10 and every broadside purchase gets a secret link to the eBook before it’s released. Broadsides and eBook designed by Youssef Alouiu of Paper Press Books.

I Will Always Be In Love (Day 4)

Feeling like the finest nun in the convent.
Feeling like everything is god, like I want to marry everything.

I Will Always Be In Love (Day 3)

Sexting via pataphor. Can you handle my allegory?
Get your dictionary out babe, I’m flirting with you.

I Will Always Be In Love (Day 2)

I can’t take a hint. Blind for nonsense, and eyes vulcanic. Feverish cheeks swell and my face illuminates yours. I want it to unfold but I won’t make it this time.

Oily glaciers swirl, and burning air, climbing up steep trails of those pebbles. Swaying, stumbling, swallowing with a closing throat. Like you blew the pilot out.

Surveying to compare, conjure: a statue, swan, palm, Sunday afternoon with crosswords for covers.

I Will Always Be In Love (Day 1)

Alexandra Naughton
I don’t make out with dead boys anymore
because they don’t kiss back.

What am I even saying.

What does it mean when smiles
turn into the ones with hearts for eyes.

Like context clues. Like one of the most useful things
I learned in school.

I’m having auditory hallucinations, full length conversations,
good as gospel.

What’s it like to not read into everything, like how something feels or just how you thought of it. Or just how you felt when you thought of it.

Broadsides from Alexandra Naughton’s I Will Always Be In Love are available for purchase for $5 and $10 and every broadside purchase gets a secret link to the eBook before it’s released. Broadsides and eBook designed by Youssef Alouiu of Paper Press Books.

Lecture on Cicero

a study in the cautious medium

it’s night & the deer don’t sound.

we are waiting for the slight tremble of a curtain,
a flash of red bird, that flash of:

we are both real & in the same precise bed,
limbs touching like gradual stones.