by Alison Rumfitt
miracle of a virgin ballet
on the tips of her toes
cut down into blunt objects
to better suit the absolution of the dance
MY BODY MY
A SUBSTANTIAL SUBMISSION FEE
FOREVER THE PERFECT
ON A BORDER
BETWEEN 2 CITIES
THAT SIT NEXT TO EACHOTHER
WHY DON’T YOU 2 TALK
SAYS THE MEDIATOR
THE POLITICAL CLIMATE IS
AS FUCKED AS THE SKY IS
this guy pretending to be a girl pressures me for nudes
I think its hot to be pressured to send nudes
I turn the light on
my body looks barely real
it looks like its made of an immaterial
disgusting sink water
filled with globs of pasta
but I turn the light on
I take the picture anyway
you can;t hurt me if I act like I like it
I’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU I’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOUI’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOUI’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU[I’]M SO SORRY THAT [HAPPENED TO] YOUI’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOUI’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO [YOU]I’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOUI’M SO SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU . I CAN’T BE HURT I CAN’T DANCE WELL ENOUGH.
A COMPANY OWNED BY THE
MACHINES THAT ASSEMBLE
THE CARS ON THE PRODUCTION LINE
A BODY OWNED BY THE IMAGES
TAKEN OF ITSELF
A COUNTRY OWNED BY
ITS OWN LAND
A RELIGION OPERATED BY
THE SACRED ARTIFACTS
INHERENT IN RELIGIOUS WORSHIP
I’m laying in bed.
someone is threatening to send
naked pictures of me to my family.
how the fuck did this happen.
and why is it kind of hot.
he tells me if I want him to stop
I have to call him. I do so.
His voice is confident and boyish,
it has the same accent I had when I was 16.
It hurts a lot. I tell him I’m a disgusting little slut. He hangs up.
we have an open approach to absolutism. gender is inherant yet metaphysical. I crawl into the space behind this classic painting. It’s full of the penises removed from statues. I am in the vatican. I reach out to take one of the penises, the size of an acorn.
the pope: stop right there young lady
me: oh what the hell are you the pope
the pope: you dare to invoke the name of Satan in this holy place
me: so now I know the room full of amputated statue penises is real and in
the vatican, is this room also holy like the rest of the vatican? are the
penises in here holy the same as everything else in this land?
the pope: yes of course. they’re perhaps more holy than anything else here.
me: I’m not sure that makes any sense but it sure does sound good
the pope: that’s the vatican for you
me: would the ideal religion, rather than either being owned by you
or by its believers, be one owned by these dicks?
the pope, instead of answering, begins to masturbate.
me: oh sweet. well i suppose it was going to happen at some point.
he puts one of the statue penises inside his arse and screams.
me: okay i get the point now. i’m bored. that’s disgusting.
i exit the room and stop existing because i can’t be bothered anymore.
I’M SO SORRY THIS HAPPENED
TO YOU I’M SO SORRY THIS
HAPPENED TO YOU I’M SO
SORRY THIS HAPPENED
TO YOU “ i like hurting men
DON’T WE ALL???????
ISN’T THAT JUST HOW WE TALK NOW
I DON;T KNOW. I JUST DON’T KNOW.
IT FEELS A LITTLE STUPID TO SAY THINGS
LIKE THAT. LIKE WE’RE JOKING BUT WE MEAN IT
BUT WHO CARES ANYMORE. LIKE IT MATTERS
OR LIKE IF WE ACTUALLY DID LIKE HURTING
MEN ANY KIND OF MEANINGFUL CHANGE
COULD TAKE PLACE.
LIKE THE NEW LISBETH SALANDER
NOW A FEMINIST BATMAN
WITH WHITE PAINT ACROSS HER
WHITE FACE TASERING SOME
BASTARD IN THE COCK
YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING
IN A BATH OF MILK
YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING
BUT BATHE IN MILK
I’m so sorry this happened to you I’m so sorry that happened
like masses of the
great unwashed feet
pressing down on his
you can’t hurt men if they like it
you can’t steal from capitalists
if they give you the money
as a charitable donation
you can;t decolonise education
when the VC turns up to those talks
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you can’t hurt me if I like it
you can’t hurt me if I act like it
you can hurt me if you want. i don’t care. go the fuck ahead.
i just nearly set my hair on fire lightning a cigarette
it still smells like something’s burning
maybe it’s still on fire maybe i just haven’t noticed
i can’t burn alive if i’m not looking at the fire in the mirror