Nicole Caruso Garcia


Three Alla Barnen Poems

For Daniel Galef

All the children have the flu
Except for Fred
He has existential dread

All the children got bad grades on their report cards
Except for Sawyer
He got a lawyer

All the children sleep with teddy bears
Except Aloysius
He sleeps with the fishes


Nicole Caruso Garcia is the author of OXBLOOD (Able Muse Press, 2022), which was named a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and the Richard Wilbur Award. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, ONE ART, The Orchards, PANK, Plume, The Raintown Review, Rattle, RHINO, Sonora Review, Spillway, Tupelo Quarterly, and Extreme Sonnets and Extreme Formal Poems (both from Rhizome Press). She serves as associate poetry editor at Able Muse and as an executive board member at Poetry by the Sea, an annual poetry conference. Visit her at