Unlucky Duplex (Slick Mouth)1
after Sean Des Vignes & Jericho Brown
before my mouth deads this slick body. Sing. wax on testify come, honey come, othey’d be honeycombwax testimony song. later, stories better tell could tongue my If.tongue for a better story later. unbroken prepare, myself into fold Ifold into themselves prepared for breaking. ,gag, ready: grace by un-weaponed nails MyHis hands grace a weapon ready as my gag. .trouble of kind new a with eager become fingers Hiswhat they are eager to finger & trouble. —done have hands my what him tell I &He asks about what my hands do .body my for slick too be mouth My 1. To be read back to front, from bottom to the top, like a staircase.
Copyright © 2020 by jayy dodd
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
the subject known as jayy dodd… aka [Jazzelle] aka Lady Tournament beamed down in Los Angeles ’92 & is now based in Portland, OR. Her professional literary career includes positions at The Offing, Winter Tangerine & more with features in the LA Times, Poetry Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Willamette Weekly, The New York Public Library & several anthologies. She’s the author of Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press 2017) & The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat 2019). Her film & performance work has been installed & screened across the country from classrooms to museums. She has been a Lambda Literary Fellow & Precipice Art Grant Recipient through Portland’s Institute of Contemporary Art. She the mother of Tournament Haus, a boutique Ballroom house in Portland Kiki Scene, where she manages & produces young Black queer & trans artists. Find her talking slick or in another dimension.
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