The McKinley Review Magazine

Dreaming of William Carlos Williams While at La Ca Bar

By: Leah Mueller | Posted on: Summer 2019


I have devoured

the entire bowl

of tofu vermicelli,

which made

my belly swell

like a thundercloud.


I don’t need


Nobody else

was going to eat it

except me.


The rice noodles

dripped with

salty broth,

and the spicy

peanuts exploded

between my teeth

like perfect firecrackers.


Leah Mueller is an indie writer and spoken word performer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of two chapbooks and four books. Her next book, "Misguided Behavior, Tales of Poor Life Choices" will be published by Czykmate Press in Autumn, 2019. Leah’s work appears or is forthcoming in Blunderbuss, The Spectacle, Outlook Springs, Mojave River Review, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, Barnhouse, and other publications. She was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival, and a runner-up in the 2012 Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest.