Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Search Terms

Ladies,
never marry
a fool,
Daniel Defoe advised. 

I didn’t listen.

Feminist academics,
never marry
a fool
and take his name.

I am advising myself,
ten years too late.

If you do, your scholarship will become
the contents
of the Goddess Criticism’s
scrap bag.

If you learn how to sew, you can reassemble
what you lost of
your professional identity
as poetry.  You can
find yourself
your many published selves
if you use the right

search terms.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bearded Dragon

Verisimilitude
it is
it is not
for you
            as it seems, you seem to me
semi-nude, pressing your heavily muscled leg against
the glass, unconcerned with how it appears.
You want heat, cold-blooded as you are
to me when I forget
to hit

the switch.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

An Appointment at Planned Parenthood

sister sister sister
protester
sister sister sister
resister
sister sister sister

I am not
                        young
                        pregnant
                        looking for
            conception or contraception

I am not
                        battling
anything other than

my body

[is
any
thing
other
than]

this body politic

sister sister sister

you and I walk past
living signs
signs with feet
signs with teeth
you and I walk past
living   STOP  signs
that would
that want
us to live in a past


without this 

much-need pap.