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October 10, 2018 Poetry

Three Poems

Alex Vigue

Three Poems photo

Poem from the perspective of Sasha Velour’s rose petals during her lip sync performance of Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional”

The house is settling,
the blue tarps are unfurled
for miles across green lawn,
white tombs litter the yard
like hot pimples, hard, unextractable

Procession winds black and snaking,
umbrellas suck at the sunrays,
shields blocking the evaporation
of the begged-for release
of grief

Our red carpet, our red
rag, red handkerchief,
red IV tube, red dwarf star,
shocked and unnatural glow

Robin’s egg blue window glass,
face pressed, smudged, and
melting, old slow liquid,
unbacked mirror, silverless

Celebration, the color of roses,
we know how heavy the lead
veil of blood is,
sing but don’t forget their voices


for Divine

I have never painted with oils
but they entice me the way a muddy embankment
entreats slipping. A swamp, sludge, and the most
exceptional noises a child can offer creation. Pallet
knife finger nails mix clay red and river silt alive.
Squish-plop dance in disjointed harmony.

A mess to look forward to. A bath that will
undoubtedly clog the drain. Soil for all of its
assonance. Filth for all its creative rebellion!
Divine eyebrows higher than a lifted
poet. Divine pig in paint and foul-mouth
pleasure. Divine invitation written in fat
disastrous finger-paint smudges. Divine
thrown from Olympus, crashing down
to form a crater that’s part mud pit, part disco.

A museum carved in shit and honey. Bears wading
through the melting corpse of their former
floating kingdom. I divine a truth smeared across
the walls. It makes me cry and I’m not sure
if it’s cause of the words or the smell of rancid
bacon fat. What is spit without first a breath?


The Riddle of the Gay Sphinx

I came out of a flower bud
I came out from under a fingernail
I came out of the first written text
I came out of the first telling

A legend birth
                        A spark breath
A riddle sewn before the solve
fathom before depth
            fathom before frontal lobe
the cricket buzz heat birth
the virgo organizing their origin
virga— a breath so heavy it
turns into tears

gasp flight, licking fluttering sand fleas
blanched sick in butter
I came out of the ocean French kissing
the cliffs before French kissing ever existed
DNA tasting— spit rules
pheromone snorting
Farah Moan crying on national television
I came out of a pot of bronzer
and bathed in froths of highlighter
I give myself life
yas I came

image: Roger Camp