Mansfield University was home to a literary magazine called Edge City. It went defunct for several years before being resurrected when I was a senior.
I was very excited. I hadn’t published anything since high school and wanted to feel that rush again. I had been working on some poetry writing courtesy of a website called “The Magnetic Fridge.” It was a site reminiscent of Magnetic Poetry, but you could put your poems online. I loved that site and spent more time that I really should have piecing together and posting poems.
I submitted one of those poems to Edge City and it was chosen for publication. I called it “Coffee Cafe.”
alienated by academic loneliness
eyes a bohemian slacker
poring over Nietzche
amid the rich aromas
of cinnamon and amaretto
she eases up to him
and despairs as he
kisses the pretty waitress