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April 19, 2019


Using the “c” word , in any discourse, be it in poetry or the street, is too politicized, too political, too thankless, especially when the speaker is a woman & is in America. It is undoubtedly an ugly word; it demeans women, is doesn’t elevate us. But I am against any form of censorship, self or state imposed. I live by the idea that there are no rules in sex (between consenting adults whose intentions are clear in expression of emotional/physical feelings) & there are no rules in poetry. It isn’t stately. It has its own logic. It’s poetry.

I put my cunt
onto a branch
and let him
dangle there

Goodbye, Cunt!
I whispered
from cold lips
between spoons
of strawberry
ice cream

Ny silent cunt
wasn’t much
without me-
he kept it
Buster Keaton
as the warm wind
plopped him
down to Earth

I took my cunt
in arms, brushed
off the woodland
debris and trussed
him to the crotch
of a forking bough
using a spare
tube of lymph
or some such

This bounded cunt
just sat there-handsome
as an Easter ham.
I left and knew I lost
the war against him
and all my humors with it.

Why not regard yourself a writer instead of a woman writer; be you, don't aspire to become a data-rich, demographical you.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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