Poetry by Alexa Mal: “Everything You Need to Know about Cooking with Blood”

friends, it’s gotten so practical

the glass thumbs our feet
warmly & we dance
like academics
with arms at the sky

endlessly shifting (fidgetous)
& thundered toward a national monument

won’t you deconstruct my second head
pull out the dead leaves
the crochet needles

 

[sad girl petitions to be mayor of chai lattes]

 

I’m just collecting best friends I’m
still pulling an endless
tongue of scarves from other head

 

[everyone is worried about their bangs]

 

won’t you find a therapist to marry us

a nice place

to settle your debt
to squish blue
berries in your little fingers

 

[an exciting new opportunity
is waiting behind this dumpster]

 

a distinguished form of labor

athletic
crowning

 

 

***

Alexa Mal‘s work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Old Pal, and elsewhere. They earned an MFA in poetry from Portland State University. They live in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Image: andreadonnelly.com

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