slow motion carcass
Gotta eat sunshine. It is the best
disinfectant. In this fractured country I want.
White people to cross the street already.
The body has changed.
All Berlin blue. All Dick Cheney’s dime should’ve been
a dollar. All reading winner and loser
as wine and lobster. The changing of sound
to suit. A nation within a nation.
Because I have never made a virgin, but I have thrown
the shovel out of the hole. On video, he shows me how
his dog eats meat. Slow motion carcass
and it is the cutest thing
This clade. This changing folk.
Dare I say successful. If not I’d be all.
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s poetry and prose has been supported by many kind people and projects, including American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Gulf Coast, Aster(ix), PRISM International, Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, and VONA. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press, and she teaches and organizes at Community College of Philadelphia. She recently released a hybrid bilingual poetry “conceptual reggaeton” album, No Otro Lado, which explores how the U.S.-Mexico border is used to inflict historic and contemporary oppressions. The entire album is on bandcamp and partially on Spotify and other streaming services. “Philly Kitchens,” a music video for a track of the same name, can be seen on Vimeo.