Poetry

Ode to My Terrible Poem

I loathe you more than a full blown tantrum. More than eating crow with your tongue shoved down my throat. More than hip hop, more than this red thong shimmied up my ass. I’d rather ...

Alarm

I wake to the scream of the fire alarm, like the shock of neon in the dark, stumble into the hall, and see a tongue of light beneath Carmen’s doorway. Throwing the door open, I ...

Brother

It was a kiss on the go, I was leaving. Back to college for the semester. Your cheek rough with acne, the small blond hairs on your chin just sprouting. I didn’t know then how ...

No Second Troy

Why should I blame her that she filled my days With misery, or that she would of late Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways, Or hurled the little streets upon the great, Had ...

Walk All Over You

The stiletto boots in the back of my closet are restless, long to stroll the 3rd Street Promenade, looking for a red silk bustier. A Louis Vuitton bag. A lover who won’t let me down. ...

The Garden of Love

I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I never had seen; A Chapel was built in the midst, Where I used to play on the green. And the gates of this Chapel ...

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed

I, being born a woman and distressed By all the needs and notions of my kind, Am urged by your propinquity to find Your person fair, and feel a certain zest To bear your body’s ...

On Growing Old

Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying; My dog and I are old, too old for roving. Man, whose young passion sets the spindrift flying, Is soon too lame to march, too cold ...

Iman

(Iman was a Palestinian girl who was sprayed with bullets by Israeli soldiers as she walked to school. Rafah, 2004. Her name means “faith”) Come be spun in the nightly vortex where I am Sarai’s ...

When I Have Fears

When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain, Before high-piled books, in charactery, Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain; When I behold, upon ...

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