Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 8 • Winter 2003 • Featured Writer • Poetry

(desire unbound)

Marty McConnell

hedonist notion of hell: us as sticks, simple instruments
in service of some utilitarian version of touch

color for category's sake, all dictionary and box
-- is that what you want?

you, red spot: pinned down or shooting out?
the thing within the thing

the shadows are magnificent. the way flesh
lays on flesh to make mountains of us

but the frame again -- nipples, navel, limbless -- again
and again -- labia belly breasts -- handless.
headless. "womanly."

but there I go thinking again.

she: loverwifemuse / you: painterwriterdoer
does the cannibal hanker for her own flesh?

what's to come: a new hunger, electrosexual rebellion

a ban on jealousy's double-standard, history's iron steaming us
uncomplicated and cheerful, enough with the airbrushing
enough with the saccharin grins enough with the token
cramped back-room gallery

enough with the minimization of woman as muse / as
stand-by-your / as if all she wanted to do was lie back
and be immortalized by you

dig up the paintbrushes and test them for menstrual blood
aren't the curtains vermillion? isn't the sun red?

could you stand her as anything more than the girl on the tracks?

Marty McConnell

Marty McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing three national tours with the Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and went on to compete in the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 National Poetry Slams with the NYC/Union Square team. She is a member of the louderARTS Project, which runs two reading series, ongoing workshops and collaborative performances in NYC. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Will Work for Peace and In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, as well as literary magazines including Fourteen Hills, Prairie Schooner, and Blue Fifth Review.

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