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Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

by Patricia Lockwood

Rhetorically audacious and aching with imagination, these poignant, rough, raw and often offensive poems are outrageous and designed to shock. Nothing is off limits as we view the world through a disquieting metaphor. Written with a traumatised, searing voice, this whirlwind collection of poetry will both disturb and amuse.

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Never has an empty hand been made
into more of a fist, and Waterfall Without
It swings so hard it swings out
of existence. How will anyone get married
now, with no wall of water behind them?
How will Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel
marry Across Niagara Falls on a Tightrope?
Over the Falls would have worn a veil,
Across the Falls would have tied a tie,
hand in hand they would have poured
down the aisle to the sound of rustling
silks.

from See a Furious Waterfall Without Water

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The Second Sex by Michael Robbins
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