Poem of the Week: The Quilt by Assotto Saint

this is not the fire island sand but the molten lava
we are burning you talk strange land i stalk
cross-country fabric handsewn name panels sequins bulletins
daily road of photographs painted reistance flashes pennants
albums whistle jockstrapped cats tuxedo starts t-shirt butterflies
feather dolls leather bears patchworked lives cut three by short

joe / testimonies / counsel / memories / lew / fantasies /
it’s them / they were here / it’s them / they were here /

pinch myself no tv mixed media homo epidemic hemo quarantine
virus junikie the blood hiv test semen rockhudson kaposi’s cdc
t-cells liberace pneumocystis bad blood terrydolan antibodies azt
voodoo arc a1721 africa roycohn opportunistic gmhc condoms nih
always the blood michaelbennett willismith carriers gaetandugas
asshole president commission syphilis positive safe sex vaccine

joe / testimonies / counsel / memories / lew / fantasies /
it’s them / they were here / it’s them / they were here /

we might not make it through the fog grids display epitaphs full
circle headache grips art faint thunder the skies dark clouds
perhaps kleenex cry sap strength bereavement project burdens
horrific holocaust imagery in this tragedy 100% futile
judeo-christianity infamy in this travesty 100% fatal
our country ’tis of teflon gipper’s bushit

joe / testimonies / counsel / memories / lew / fantasies /
it’s them / they were here / it’s them / they were here /


Originally published in STATIONS (Galiens Press, 1989)

 

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