N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 0 6
from Matriot Acts
“Women are the weapons of history, we are the
symbolic representations of compassion and decency.”
– Carrie Mae Weems
invoke the hyena in petticoats!
laughing hyena, spotted hyena, striped -
all stalk the charnel ground amidst
microscopic & telescopic worlds
a step ahead of what is to come in lineage
in gratitude, in naming las madres
look for reclamation, sniff it out…
in a voice not my own but all of them
the wizened ductile face of slumbering female memory:
beginning of time, the timepiece of time
she who was the mother of a ghost ship
Ship of Locked Awe and subjugated dream
she who could never be reduced to a “gender issue”
she who announced a talismanic bond to planet
who saw vole tracks in the snow once on the
radical poet’s tiny death plot
Lorine, Lorine! you can come out now…
who salvaged a blow dryer for the art people while
they sold the rights to textures of paper, of glass
(touch me, touch me with crenellated beauty now)
particles in the sunlight, a democratic grace
who documented all hurts and slights & transmuted them
to poetry, to flesh, to the wink after sex
she was a challenge in my heart, the penultimate mother
did you have any animals around you from the start?
did you enjoy yourself a lot?
how old were you when you started this running around?
what was your mother tongue?
was it in a language that translates “ocean of bliss” to a seed syllable
She reports a tabula rasa and a grandmother who cautions
“Denial Silences Violence”
“Remember the Suffragettes”
or considers William Blakes’s schema of Los representing
Imagination in Action
who then tries to create forms so they can be recognized
who then gets deluded that it created the universe and can thus control it
and then whose zones split into genders
genders lost in realms of jealousy & fractal time
battling the projected others
little figurines with large vulvas and bursting bellies
see? you see?
seeing one’s own reflection in a pool produces a double
while another character sacrifices herself to the sun