Rita Mookerjee


are the sort of people who 
chisel butter from its block
and with a short, blunt knife
pummel it back and forth
across a bready path until 
only its stain is left. It never 
occurs to them to cut off 
a clean square and heat it for 
a moment, that butter melts
simply asking to be poured. 


Rita Mookerjee is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester State University. She is the author of False Offering (JackLeg Press 2023). Her poems can be found in the Baltimore Review, New Orleans Review, the Offing, Poet Lore, and Vassar Review.