Woman, Girl, Child: Remission

in parts I through IV

I

O bantam books, O fat cat records
publish my anxiety, record my embarrassment

____market me: FAILURE! let my eulogy be

a billboard, this bright fear

II

broken social scene, O cat power
prescribe to me your seditious melancholy

you are my twirling pinwheel, my absolutist
husband, his Bible

____in Lynchburg

III

O mother, oh mother
claw yourself from your dehydrated coma

and catch me. I’m in my room
with him behind me

____walk in on us

O ladysmith black mambazo, send me
your peace—

____glimpse in me queenly anticipation

quite, peaceful repose

IV

O bedtime stories, sherwood forest

become manifest under my bed

____portal to the 7 princesses

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