The Body by Boston Gordon

No comments

The Body by Boston Gordon – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

The Body

By Boston Gordon
March 16, 2015

There is of course the cutting of the body.
Lean away from that for a minute. Stand
in the middle of a shack on fabric row
and browse the cardboard bricks wrapped
in lace and taffeta. You can feel the taffeta
like the bustle skirt thrown at you from stage
at the burlesque show. Where you sweat
under orange show lights and notice the ordinary
nature of breasts—watch the sequins swept aside.
The breasts are bags of wine. Your breasts
are hanging hunks that you often relate to cutting.
Because people you know sometimes cut theirs
off so as not to look like you. You being a bust
and ass and legs that make a man say Ahem,
miss what’re you trying to tell me with those legs?


You’re shocked because your boyfriend fucks
you like a real man, but everyone is looking
at your hormonal fat, your body like a melting
sculpture. So you tie your shoes or lock your bike
and look down and think about the cutting.
Think that even in another body, even after
that barter with the mud wasp and surgeon,
you would still not be settled. Not just this
body, but all body. So in the fabric store
the shears make that good sound like rubbing
two nickels together and you’re back
to the six yards of burlap unfolding
on the countertop and the body steps away
from cut. Cut. It refuses to be just a body.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

patter

research education, academic writing, public engagement, funding, other eccentricities.

The Beloved Witness

Poetry and Life of Agha Shahid Ali

Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook

Just another WordPress.com site

chocoholicbookworm

Just another introvert's ramblings

the paris apartment

hoping we know we're living the dream

everywhere all the time

decolonizing travel culture

BookMark

Books, Reviews, Recommendations

Anuvab Pal

The latest information on Anuvab Pal's plays, films, stand up comedy, books and articles.

The Matilda Project

Bookish Adventures

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

mommygolightly

mommygolightly@gmail.com

Diligent Candy

A Full Life

The Mad Momma

The days are long but the years are short

Our Delhi Struggle

Two New Yorkers move to New Delhi. See what happens...

%d bloggers like this: