Aught, no. 11/12 (2003)

Vanessa Mendicino


                                two feet

                                       standing (in)

                         a river          white

                                         lust covering them


                                                                      (your savage vibrations:

                                                     anti-fashion rhythms

                                                                cause enlightenment,            seeks



                smoky blood

         drips                    i

                      smear into milk

             my tongue


                                                                         (drawn out)


                               49 reasons

                                            to scar

               residue lingers into

                                                          indigo spasms


                    (and i fix your manifestation of

                                                a blackmarket baby)

                                                                                   wrapped in Queen’s



                             narcissists confess

             “American Exile Blues”



                                                the mouth



                                                                                                (sordid beneath my palms)

        a magnolia petal



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