Advice to the Newlyweds

by Kelsey Englert


The gift of marriage is a long wait
to see what’s inside the Trojan Horse.


Kelsey Englert’s writing has appeared in Passages North, Into the Void, The Citron Review, and The Broken Plate, among other literary magazines. She is a Pennsylvania native and earned her M.A. in English from Ball State University and M.F.A. in creative writing from West Virginia University. She teaches at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. For more information, visit www.kelseyenglert.com.


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What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Advice for the Newlyweds”?

I married in the summer of 2019. As a newlywed, I received a lot (A LOT) of advice on how to “survive” marriage. Like any feedback, it required sorting. Beautiful. Cliché. Amusing. Foreshadowed doom. I titled this last category “The Trojan Horse” and it boiled down to this poem.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

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12/09 • Foster Trecost
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