November 2017

Megan Burns

Pose

prose poem about CLUE characters
prose poem about every episode of TWIN PEAKS
prose poem about why I can’t finish my Wuthering Heights/ Bob Dylan project
prose poem about L7 and Liz Phair, what happened to women rockers that weren’t just sex symbols but still sexy, can we just teach boys not to rape and not girls how to avoid getting raped
prose poem with no genitals in it b/c we all have some spectrum of genitalia
& I’m sick of hearing poems about dicks & cunts
prose poem about how my marriage failed
prose poem about how I’m ok with failure
prose poem about how I worry a lot about ever having sex again but that’s just so I don’t have to worry about real things like fucking up my kids or killing myself by accident
prose poem about my madness but that’s been done, so serial prose poem
about Kristeva’s existential reading of depression as a stop-sign gluttal pause in enumerating a sound across the horizon of your life
prose poem about Foucault being wrong about everything, see madness, see above (been done)
prose poem about daddy without any daddy in it but already done
prose poem about “oh, I’ve heard of her”
already done
prose poem about the diagnosis, prose poem about the pathology, prose poem
about the broken fracture—all other, all other
prose poem of the psychology, the medicated, the dosage, her illness, anxious, anxious, hero: fated
do you enjoy clothes shopping? do you enjoy the gaze of self?
prose poem about how sometimes we are destroyed by love


Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com). She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (nolapoetry.com). She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her forthcoming fourth collection is titled BASIC PROGRAMMING.

Emily Corwin