Woman with Her Throat Cut

1 May 2018

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
Todd Akin

While looking at the throat, bronzed and flayed: the ribs
artichoke-winged, I feel neck-strung and silenced.
Giacometti’s cork-screwed contortions too familiarly …

… subjugate, dear Congressmen, like anatomy you parse
syntactically. Butter-lipped, you scrape your teeth against
my cervical hollows and leave ( ) as the space between…

…my legs where a title lives. Dear sirs, you clip my clitoris
into a neat trilogy. Legislate fertility like a war
order. Brand my haunches with your initials, iron-cast …

… and sizzling. You unsheathe your pen and lick
your greasy fingers. It seems you have studied
Giacometti, that you already know…

… how simple he kept his forms, asking only
that she/it always remain with her/its back
laid flat against the ground.

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