Quotable Poe Week One – M. Brazfield

sweet anguish because you were my echo for all eternity you’ve held me mid air gagged and bound i clung and you squeezed an inky black forbidden sickness blessed only by masters apostates all i cut my skin for you i lied and forked my tongue for you i crawled in shame only for you…

I am the Woman – Claire, from CK words and thoughts

I am the Woman your Mother warned you about my challenging energy supposed to be subdued instead of living my life just winging it defying rules and authority more alive and kicking than she ever even permitted herself be good now and suck it up don’t show your feelings better yet don’t feel what you…

Un/non sellable Poem-Kushal Poddar

Let’s make children for those detention centers, one more, once more. In the cells of vapor a face becomes the other. The other another. All return, you know; only you don’t know what they look like A bird on your shower room window sill stares at you as if you’re its day’s grain or its…

I Am the Woman – Aurora Phoenix

I am the woman your mother warned you about (let’s face it she was envious) I have long since lost my place that musty corner to which I was relegated where nice girls sit quietly legs crossed and demure. (what point is there in that?) I turn heads with my stride I watch the eyes…

I Am the Woman – Erin L. King

I am the woman Your mother warned you about. You have a missing piece, he said And he was right: That piece was tolerance For racist grandmothers And gross jokes Told over tables of restraint. That piece That didn’t think a six-year-old Should be a misogynist. That piece Crying angry tears When she showed up…

I Am the Woman – Dom Mitchell

I’m the woman you’re mother warned you about The one people wince at what may come out of my mouth I say what I want even at your grandmothers house I might even slouch on her couch Peep my reflection and take a selfie with my tongue out Yea that’s me. The one she told…

I Am the Woman – Deanna Raymond

I am the one that has always been a little odd has always felt “too much” the one that dreams and trusts and loves wildly the one people have tried to shame, or dull or crush because light and all this capacity for loving is cryptonite to the bitter soul and because making one like…

I Am the Woman – Judith Swann

I am the woman your mother warned you about But as I am in the office, is not who I am in the garden, is not who I am at table with a poet or two. In New York I’m not the same as in Iowa, In Puerto Rico I’m not the same. I am…

I Am the Woman – Basilike Pappa

I am the woman your mother warned you about: She and the other matriarchs exchanged recipes. Babies in arms, children tugging at their sleeves. High pitched squealing. The perfect detergent for spring cleaning. I zoomed out. Someone asked me something, I said ‘what?’ Then they exchanged glances. – Isn’t the day hot, and could you…