HISTORY OF A DAY’S TANTRUMS
There’s no blue distance to the whole machine. nostalgia for the present in the form of fragrant avatars gawks from human frame. I’m We’re now set to frolic until we achieve total . &
all of us its
shadows Haters gonna hat-trick. Drop-kick
the colossal punter. Body bags by the bye & bye. All animal wants are supplied profusely in these gossiping pages, this pudendum
GO A LITTLE AWAY
HISTORY OF A DAY’S TANTRUMS The first a fashion crisis involving dresses & things mistaken for dresses in a total & universal want of manners.
SWIVEL CHAIRS ARE ABOUT ENEMAS!
ENEMAS ARE ABOUT ASSHOLES!
ASSHOLES ARE ABOUT THE ROTTEN SUNS INSIDE ME!
ROTTEN SUNS ARE ABOUT BLACK HOLES & BLACK HOLES ARE ABOUT THE PATRIARCHAL FEAR OF PUSSY DIFFERENCE SODOMY DEATH & MUTATION IS ABOUT THE MAGIC OF DEATH!
KNOCK THREE TIMES FOR DADDY ISSUES.
KNOCK FOUR TIMES FOR MATRILINEAL MASOCHISTIC SELF-SACRIFICE.
MY MOMMY I ADORE / MY BABY I AMORE!
KNOCK INCESSANTLY FOR LOVE'S TRAUMA IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF TIME. lure displays reserved parking spots at the Western Hemisphere For some reason I couldn’t communicate that before without dripping, but now I’m totally okay
except in taverns & bored rooms, where I’m fighting with a despot over the size of the soul & I know the despot is already me & I am really not-me in some kind of postponed
allegory on personality engorged & then look out to see how it supports such pretensions. There were also t a green colloidal intensity as if the a fern conspiracy or something to tarry there was not to feel at home through which we travel is to
all we have left. Engine cocktail total
what’s the use
of a ramrod
ELISABETH WORKMAN is the author of seven chapbooks, including Opolis (Dusie), ANY RIP A THRESHOLD (Shirt Pocket Press), and with Michael Sikkema TERRORISM IS WHAT WHALE (Grey Book Press). Her first full-length collection Ultramegaprairielan
d was released by Bloof Books in 2014. She lives in Minneapolis with designer/typographer Erik Brandt, their daughter, a boxer, and two cats of the tuxedo variety. “History of a Day’s Tantrums” comes from a longer work You Always Live Again, forthcoming in 2015.
Curatorial note: The following poems are a response to a call for poetry about rape culture for the annual Delirious Advent Feature; the call is in turn an immediate response to the Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus” about rape culture at the University of Virginia. However, they are also part of a larger conversation about rape in poetry communities. Curated by Jessica Smith and Susana Gardner.