Thursday, July 19, 2012


I won a prize!

"What for? Your wit and winning smile? The fact that you finally cleaned the kitchen today? Your stellar dance moves?"

None of the above, my good people, although those are all true facts about myself. I won for some of my poetry!

You can find the blog from my school about how I won here (so you know I'm not making it up!). (What excited me most about the prize was that apparently Sylvia Plath won the same prize when she was in college. This could mean many things for my future, but I'm gonna go with the famous poet route.)

So here's two of the more pop culture pieces included in my winning portfolio.

Fiend Hunter from Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

I would prefer to fight in cotton – it breathes
and it would be nice to not worry 
about shaving every bit or having a boob pop out
after I’ve killed some fiend using my viper clutch

and it’s still  really hard to get dates
most guys are too busy seeking life-giving orbs
to revive dead lovers
or caught up in the monotony of demon killing
some of them, you never see their face
behind their armor

my battle axe is taller than me
and incredibly hard to get storage for
and insurance? Insane.

but at least  I’m not those other women
non-player characters
who live to be accosted and killed
at least my iron bikini stops bullets 

I don't know much about video games (though there is a super cool Art of Games exhibit in the American Art Museum here in DC right now!) but I've always hated how scantily clad the female warriors are. I mean, seriously? You can't even see the man's eyes, but the lady leaves nothing to the imagination but her actual reproductive organs. Which is exactly how I would dress to fight my battles. All the pubescent gamer boys are being fed yet another sexist lie of entitlement...

A Burgundy Van Alone on the Highway

We had lived in the zombie-filled land so long
that we grew nostalgic for the early days,
when there would be only a zombie or two in the yard,
and crossing it was fine, a jaunt.
Now zombies crawled over everything,
they knew we were there, we had to move on.
But we were stalwart, wearing our combat boots
and laughing through their moans.
Even my mother, so high strung,
was cheery as we packed.
Those humans who didn’t become zombies
 turned gray and stiff and died
but never decayed.
We adopted ancient practices
of talking to the gray dead ones,
keeping them in corners
and bringing them scraps of food.
We wrapped them in blue cloths
and added to our liturgy that the color was sacred.
My gray-skinned stiff sister was put
 in the back of our minivan
 for our journey to find a quieter farmhouse.
My father threw his fishing rod on the top of the van,
relieved to be going:
“We just need to get away for awhile, really, crowds are not for us.” 

This was from a poetry assignment to write our dreams. This was an exact dream I had, a strange conglomeration of my anthropology assignments about religious rituals and my intense plans about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. (Have you made your emergency plan yet? Better get on that.) It started as a prose poem, a form I love, but which general audiences don't know what to do with, so I modified it for the contest. Yup, never even published and already a sell out. 

So there you go! Some culture for your day. If you want to read much better poets, I'm currently all about Max Jacob and Sylvia Plath, as mentioned. 


  1. just found your blog and your poetry is awesome. i also just love the name of your blog :)

  2. Thanks so much Taylor! As you can tell, the blog is definitely a work in progress, but I'm hoping to be better about keeping it up!