Spring Formal

A new poem

by Rosalie Moffett
The cigarette vending machine can tell
I’m not old enough. It scans my skin and bones,

calculates, refuses to vend. No machine
accepts my invitation to prom. Their default


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Rosalie Moffett is an MFA candidate at Purdue University and a poetry reader at the Sycamore Review. She is a winner of the 2012 Boston Review Discovery Contest.

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