Winter 2012

Vena Virago Is Not My Real Name

Nietzsche weighed
four hundred pounds.
With astringent elocution,
Mistress Samantha

tortured his testicles.
Death drive, meet
Mercurochrome’s luminosity
on a cut thumb.

Primaveral breeze’s nom de plume
is Mom de Plume—
droll dominatrix, squeak-
voiced speed freak.

Pip licked
Israel’s underarms
to taste
Fa, deo for saints.

Gaza stripped,
like Salome,
one litmus
test at a time.



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"Vena Virago is Not My Real Name" by Margie Schnibbe