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Coagulations: New And Selected Poems
by Jayne Cortez

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Poetry
    Page Count: 112
    ISBN13: 9780938410201
    Imprint: Thunder’s Mouth Press
    Publisher: Thunder’s Mouth Press
    Parent Company: Thunder’s Mouth Press

    Book Description:

    Great collection of Jayne Cortez’s early poetry, from the early 70s to the early 80s. Contains selections from the books Scarification, Mouth on Paper, and Firespitter.

    Her poetry is rhythmic, vernacular, surreal, political, honest. This is what spoken word ought to sound like.

    There It Is
    by Jayne Cortez

    And if we don't fight
    if we don't resist
    if we don't organize and unify and
    get the power to control our own lives
    Then we will wear
    the exaggerated look of captivity
    the stylized look of submission
    the bizarre look of suicide
    the dehumanized look of fear
    and the decomposed look of repression
    forever and ever and ever And there it is

    In fact
    poetry
    will not
    strike
    lightning
    through
    any
    convoy of chickens

    Today poems are like flags
    flying on liquor store roof
    poems are like baboons
    waiting to be fed by tourists

    & does it matter
    how many metaphors
    reach out to you
    when the sun
    goes down like
    a stuffed bird in
    tropical forest
    of your solitude

    In fact
    poetry
    will not
    sing jazz
    through
    constricted mouth
    of an anteater
    no matter how many
    symbols survive
    to see the moon
    dying in saw dust
    of your toenail

     

    Rose Solitude

    "I am essence of Rose Solitude
    my cheeks are laced with cognac
    my hips sealed with five satin nails
    i carry dreams and romance of new fools and old
    flames
    between the musk of fat
    and the side pocket of my mink tongue."
    —Jayne Cortez,



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