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marlene mountain  lesley einer

one-line linked haiku    march 1995-december 1996

n word mr darden

n word mr darden hardly 'the filthiest dirtiest nastiest . . . '
wiping the spittle off her yellow star
'republicans don't need abortions they eat their young'
warping the devouring mother archetype
if angry white men could get angry for the riot reasons
the monster you seek is in your mirror

poor moon doomed only to reflect another's light
'don't want a man in my life just the baby'
an African proverb 'it takes a village to raise a child'
cunningham to schroeder: sit down socialist
'If you were the only boy in the world and I was the only girl'
the tv turned on to watch football
and on the news station the outrage in Bosnia
live-beat dad beats the life out of
but even when I yelled/she wouldn't stop crying
here come the pope here come oppression
rapt/in the dark confessional/where are his hands?
each glove on a sheet of butcher paper

germ experiments on prisoners of war 'nothing special'
foreseeing exposure they buy the network
old movie the murdering bellowing gorilla has no balls
Old king Cole was a merry old soul
does he have bad breath the fat italian tenor in her face
so who cares? 'at's amore!'
deliberate reverse sexism thanx shevinity not making me a guy
'Ac-cent-u-ate the positive/E-lim-i-nate the negative . . .'
'as for me and my' haiku we like to 'mess with mr in-between'
aha! so you do have a use for the other gender
forget love potion prince charming's date-rape drug
dowsing herself with big sister's 'Obsession'

wanting to, not wanting to, which dress should I wear?
confusing symbols on the 'powder room' doors
a veto on 'same sex' marriages mustn't rock the boat
navels are in or are they out
pierced and jeweled like a harem slave
forty face muscles to make a frown


1m) '. . . in the english language,' prosecutor in simpson trial  3m) sign at the n.o.w.
march on washington  10m) usa house of representatives 18m) demonstration in the
simpson trial  19m) japanese unit 731  25m) 'even today hebrew males are taught to
offer the daily prayer, 'blessed art thou o lord our god, king of the universe, who has not made me a woman.' merlin stone, WHEN GOD WAS A WOMAN, harcourt brace
jovanovich, page 224


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