Carrie Fountain
The Baby's Toy

   When the batteries
begin to die inside its white 

plush belly, the assortment 
of cheerful noises it makes 

when you squeeze it
becomes singular 

and crude, the sound 
of a planet falling 

through one universe 
and into the next, through 

that one, too, falling 
and falling into god knows 

what, falling and falling
and never landing.  Still, 

the butterfly’s face 
(or whatever the hell

it’s supposed to be—little 
bird, bumblebee?) stays 

the same:  knowing 
smile, rosy cheeks.

Found In Volume 41, No. 02
Read Issue
  • fountain 0120 39
Carrie Fountain
About the Author

Carrie Fountain’s first collection, Burn Lake, was a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Instant Winner, her second collection, was published by Penguin in 2014. Currently Writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, she has had work published in The New Yorker, Poetry, and Tin House. Her first novel, I’m Not Missing, was published in 2018. She currently serves as Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.