May dis•articulations poem — Chiwan Choi

At the beginning of the month, Chiwan gave Terry four prompts. She engaged in fevered writing with each of them and gave the results to Chiwan, who then used the words from that fevered writing to create this dis•articulations poem.

way of answering

who are we
that they kill us

redefines us
as motor oil and blood

don’t we remember
one must be young

a mirror that cannot imagine
thinking meant having ideas

the lip split
mutating faster than we can understand

that we are
past her future

our imaginations

like cheekbones
and a vengeful god

drink to forget
dancing on the graves

all wrong
and not so pretty now

we’re the residue
of the sacrificial lambs

signing up for a past

while pretending
no one cares
that they kill us
because they can


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