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Food Stamps Interview


I don’t lie, but I try to make myself 
sound worse off than I am. Unemployed? 
Yes. Uninsured? Definitely. She wipes 
her hands and napkin-pats her lips before 
returning to the keyboard, working on 
a jelly donut as we go. Any prospects? 
No. Any temporary benefits? No. 
Do you take medication? Shamelessly 
I weigh what’s most mysterious. 
Undiagnosed, I say, but whatever she types 
is much longer than that. She takes 
the next bite. Address? None 
at the moment. Connections? I ask 
what she means. Do you have people? 
I hesitate, then make them vanish. 



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