Our bodies, Our stories Anthology

Triplets Tamara MCPOEMWe named them: Fuchsia, Turquoise, and Black Ivory.The moment they were fertilized, before they had even become fetuses,everything about them had been genetically determined.How do you speak about losing three babies? Technically they weren’tbabies, but blobs—fertilized eggs that had turned from two cells, to fourcells, to eight cells. On the fifth day, they […]

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If…

  PROMPT — If only … If he hadn’t stolen my hard drive and then blackmailed me,we would still be together.If he hadn’t lied about it,minimizing it,we would still be together.If we hadn’t argued at “Prep and Pastry” about Homecoming,I would have been with him in Mississippi now.If we hadn’t fought about him going by […]

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Rigorous: Tamara MC

The Club Members may include husbands, children, mothers, grandmothers, friends,and they may also include arms, legs, a torso, a foot.All members can be dismembered.All memories of the dismembermentmust be forgotten.To survive is to disremember.To never forget is not always an optionfor us souls who never forget.Instead we must work to purge these memories.Our limbs must be […]

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Corona Biery

I told you I would name a poem After you As we did laps around the Safeway Shopping plaza Passing the Dollar Store Passing KonaBerry Frozen Yogurt, The Irish Pub You made references About the poems I could write About us on this night Walgreens was closed Safeway was open 54 You knew Ethan— The […]

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I wish that, I hope that our President did not say:

“An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud” “Arianna Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man he made a good decision” “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media-write as long […]

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Plastic Surgery by Tamara MC

Liposuction:1. Stomach: lower, upper, waist, mons … (sp?)2. Back: flanks3. Legs: knees (around tops, sides), (calves?), inner thighs, outer thighs, love handles, front things, back thighs4. Neck: lower, around jawbones Nose job:1. Straighten nose: off-center2. Bump off top3. Smaller at bridge4. Smaller bulge5. Slightly upward6. Height and width removed Breasts:1. Reduction2. One breast bigger (right): […]

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Time, Money, PP & Notation

Time Would have died to be a ballerina Schedules Pima Community College classes for son who will be 18 soon Wears green and black striped socks  Helicopters hover overhead (even on Wednesday nights) Eats first Whataburger hamburger Meets a Bangladeshi boy Considers law school Gets super fat Gets even fatter Gets married for first time […]

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Subaltern Schizophrenia

Tamara MC—Poetry  I’m nobody, who are you?— Emily Dickinson Diss-HER-tation speaking: I am a collage. I am a woven fabric. I am past. I am present. I am future. I am a scrapbook. I am a note. I am a list. I am an altar. * I repeat myself. I repeat myself. Do you hear me? […]

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Bunks

I’ve heard all these years about the bunks and their hardness. I’ve never felt them. I’ve only heard their stories. But, now I’m in a bunk, and I probably shouldn’t be here. I’m breaking rules as usual. I want to feel what this hard surface feels like on my back. I am lying down, and […]

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