Of the Icebox

Words about stuff and sometimes things

Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kid — May 24, 2018

Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kid

Woman things happen to me and I speak of them and they call me a feminist.

Woman things happen to me and I don’t speak of them and they call me strong.

Some woman things:
bleeding,
learning to fear the night,
learning to hear the whispers,
writing in emotions.

Resistance is for feminists,
speaking is for feminists,
writing is for men’s education,
women’s edification.

To be identified is to be empowered, to self-identify is to debase, devalue, deflower.

I have been deflowered, little girl, I asked him to nip the bud of the flower.

Some girl things:
bleeding,
learning to fear the night,
learning to hear the whispers,
writing in emotions.

I am not a dirty feminist. I am not a clean woman, that is, a man

with the addition of two letters. Fuck, me-

n are more than the subtraction of two,
more than tools for staunching, more than fearless nights,

more than the roar of the whispers, the erasing of the voice
of emotions. I am not a cunt, bitch, douche container of womanhood waiting
to be expressed, raw sentiments waiting for a close shave, a hipster beard.
A loud quiet loud person once said it is brave to speak up, wise to sit down.

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Bliss is living without doors — May 23, 2018

Bliss is living without doors

Let us live as if it were clear
Even if we do not know what clarity is,
Even if our clarity is thick
With sounds that don’t know how to stop
Occupying space, let us cease wearing ponchos.
I want to become bloated absorbing the clouds.
And if the sun shines for you
No brighter than the moon, let us drink
Of its craters, become the pores
Of its ancient rivers, fill our hearts
With a primitive devotion
And not feel less for our chosen ignorance.

Lessons from a Pharmaceutical Rat — May 10, 2018

Lessons from a Pharmaceutical Rat

Your sanity tied l(   ) s ely in a bow

How does it make.you feel to know

You are les s powerful than a dru g

Less real than a b ump on the head

That the .self. you. identified. with

Does not identify with you? Crank

Or tighten life’s screws dis lo d g e

The pi.ec.es. that holdyoutogether

Ooze. ( )pen this fragile existence

F-r the dis com bob ulat ed spectator

Keep askingwhy it makes youfeel

Prickly.The shrink wants to know

Your aptitude presupposes zealous

Tendencies. You like the straight-

Lines with power to secure a .self

Dis-joint-ed in its inherent be-ing.

Is a broke-n identity hazardous? I

Want to know, Iwanttoknow, I wan

Something you should know about the gypsy spirit — May 2, 2018
Cities Don’t Break — April 14, 2018

Cities Don’t Break

When I leave your city and you tell me, “You’ll be back,” I don’t take it as a haunting, as a spirit drawing me backwards like the demons that forced me out. I take it as an uneasy blessing, an acknowledgement of all that has gone wrong. And since space wasn’t strong enough to fix us, you hope that time will be stronger.

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