Arby’s: Something to Fill the Emptiness With

by William Skink

I was exposed to a new Twitter account that’s quickly become one of my favorite: @nihilist_arbys. At the writing of this post, there are only 241 tweets, but the account has quickly drawn over 60,000 followers. I’m not going to include any of the tweets in this post. Instead I’m going to share a poem the tweets have inspired.

But before I do that, I’d like to draw some attention to a collection of poems I first read 3 years ago, titled Letters To Wendy’s. I wrote a post about this collection of poems, which you can read here. I just reread the post, and had to kind of chuckle at this somewhat audacious claim: I’m only a third of the way through, but I already think this is one of the most important books of poetry so far written by my generation.

If the poet who wrote Letters to Wendy’s, Joe Wenderoth, were to transform the speaker of his poems into a Twitter feed, it would be @nihilist_arbys. Check it out, if you dare.

Anyway, I should probably just preemptively apologize for the poem you are about to read. It’s kind of gross. And perfect. Enjoy!

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ARBY’S: SOMETHING TO FILL THE EMPTINESS WITH

breath moves your meat toward death
like gas fuels cars on the street

so eat Arby’s

embrace the post-feast meat-sweats
and erase guilt

with rivers of cheese drowning
mounds of roast beef

no meaning
no purpose
no point holding back

you started as a squirt from “dad”
into mom’s meat sack

Arby’s may hasten your fleshy demise
but it hurts so good

of course you’ll buy the lies

at Arby’s

—William Skink




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