Two Poems

violence is a garment on the body*

black latex movements, a screeching of fabrics drawstring sweatpants sweating and rising from

 

spine rocks back and forth, freshly squeezed currency combined in origami embracing infection of

 

crane covered skin hair blister’d erection asks for volume to rise as it does, wife watches from wedding dress photograph when

 

F train to A train to 6 train transfer to pavement black spring heat wash when rush hour traffic includes

 

pacing of nipples which rest at night but awake without warning when dirty fingernails steal their

 

shape of intention shape of a (k)now shape of a bathroom shape of a mattress shape of numbers never

 

hand on thigh behind neck against breast into woman of

 

no:   used against yes against well-formed limbs against screamed out male against pavement against subway tracks against bedsprings against window pulled down to keep the neighbors out against telephone against one                    self

 

an instrument forcing something out forcing her out forcing her in forcing her away

 

removal of fingernails teeth cutting away length — removal of wrists carved ledges crack them open — removal of dress — removal of panties never matching bra because no one was supposed to see them that day — removal of locks pulled out by tight knuckles — removal of clit — beauty mark on left side of hip — addition of three bruises — addition of five blisters — addition of contagion

 

brutal               is an              article            on the            corpse             of her           breaths

 

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*quote by Bhanu Kapil

 

an elephant rhyme

there is an overcast of wrinkled sweat
it is gray, with pickled pigment of peanut breath
thick thighs throwing glances toward extinction
a ride like      thoroughly sculpted woman with collapsible trunk

 

it is gray, with pickled pigment of peanut breath
smell that wild beauty bathing its African bush!
a ride like     thoroughly sculpted woman with collapsible trunk
two hard fingers with over forty thousand individual muscles

 

smell that wild beauty bathing its African bush!
dirt   bakes   itself   from   blow   job   aiding   protection
two hard fingers with over forty thousand individual muscles
used  for  sucking,   swallowing up to fifteen quarts

 

dirt   bakes   itself   from   blow   job   aiding   protection
elongated snorkel or instrument to swing upon
used for sucking,   swallowing up to fifteen quarts
firm handshake of advertised abilities climb toward new friendships

 

elongated snorkel or instrument to swing upon.
grow:   you — digger — of — water — roots — salt — ed — swollen — species — of trees
firm handshake of advertised abilities climb toward new friendships
ivory incisors from calcium phosphate forming two hundred pounds of foreplay

 

grow:   you — digger — of — water — roots — salt — ed — swollen — species — of trees
beautiful pachyderm maintaining posture of erect strength
ivory incisors from calcium phosphate forming two hundred pounds of foreplay

flap your cartilage and blood vessels toward warmth, intimidation or                  love.

 

 

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