National Poetry Month Day 22: “Detonator” by Joyelle McSweeney



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Ah Duralex ah Sominex ah me:
What dream drifts down in time-release?
A Punch-and-Beauty showe. A bunch
of sphinctery kisses. When my Timex
addressed the lazy hearse, Semtex
unhorsed it. Some pulse endured
like a burr or a bonne at my wrist. A tufted blush
rilled behind the nicotine-
stained mountain. Was it you,
ladye? Tulips on slender stems
re-seminar’d the hearse which would not
‘splode a second time. Nay, the obverse, it
sighed till a moon roared in from Amnion
& finished it. Study, Drone.

-Joyelle McSweeney

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Joyelle McSweeney’s collections of poetry include The Red Bird (2002), winner of the 2001 Fence Modern Poetry Series, and The Commandrine and Other Poems (2004). She is also author of the novels Nyland, the Sarcographer (2007) and Fret (2007).

Original poetry published by The Rumpus. More from this author →