Unlucky Duplex (Slick Mouth)1

jayy dodd

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.

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jayy dodd

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.

Bennington Review Issue 8 Front Cover

Fall 2020

Bennington, Vermont

Bennington College

Editor
Michael Dumanis

Managing Editor
Katrina Turner

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