Apr '15 6
Maserati. Photo by Robert Rath.

Last night we went to see the movie Fast and Furious 7. Today I was reading some of Alicia Suskin Ostriker's book, Stealing the Language The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America. It's a discussion about women and the gender bias generally associated with women's poetry.

Today's poem twists these wildly different yet complementary creative ideas together. And in the interests of irony, I pinched Ostriker's book title.

As always, today's poem has just been moulded, so please forgive its rough edges.

Stealing the language

I will break out the jargon
of corporations
and thug nations
I will steal it back
modify and transform it
turn native cams and coils
over and inside out
cranking and revving that engine
then parachute its supercharged ass
from a plane
in an alien sky
fuel-inject it
then reverse it off impossible cliffs
hyperjump it between buildings
joyride it rough
through no-through roads
and hairpin bends in conversation
making sense of nonsense
tearing this sorry town down
from its lofty, mannish notions

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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