I Don’t Want People to Talk About Me the Way They Talk about Dorothy Allison

Woman with crooked teeth

smashed one over another from an accident

causing neurotic self-awareness.


Woman whose belt loops have come undone

leaving dime size, holes

in the denim that does not fit,


because she could not afford better. Woman

with brown eyes that betray, translating silence into pain & act as a visual aid.

Woman with a bear


living inside of her still sleeping.

Woman with a fear of men

and loud, sudden noises described as jarring.


Shouts, hands slammed on desks.

Woman with a silver keychain

inherited after the death of her matriarch.


Woman with black roots

not yet devolved to gray

that splinter when she pulls apart.

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