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“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra

PHOTOGRAPH: Author Kathryn Kulpa brought her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology to visit an obscure Rhode Island landmark as inscrutable in its own way as the gaze of Dr.T. J. Eckleburg — the “fork in the road” where rural Adamsville, Rhode Island, meets equally rural Acoaxet Village in Westport, Massachusetts. She contributed her poem “What Daisy Knew” to the collection.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR ABOUT HER POEM: One of the most haunting moments of The Great Gatsby for me was always Daisy’s description of the birth of her daughter, how she hopes her child will be “a beautiful little fool.” There’s such a sad finality to that moment, as if she’s accepting that she will never be seen for anything but a beautiful fool in her own life. That took me back to imagining what if Daisy had chosen love instead of security? How much did she second-guess, and how much did that decision cost her? My piece “What Daisy Knew” grew out of that question.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathryn Kulpa is the author of  Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press)  and Who’s the Skirt? (Origami Poems Project). She has published flash fiction and prose poetry in Smokelong Quarterly, KYSO Flash, Literary Orphans, and The Flexible Persona and has work forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press. She is teaching a summer writing workshop for teens at the Tiverton Public Library and will teach a fiction class for adults this fall at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol, Rhode Island.