Self-Portrait As Hit Me Baby One More Time

Britney Spears, I can hear the static
you make from here. The bass line
beams low and clear across state lines,

they say. Do you miss indifferent
gas station attendants who sit
in the other room chatting with mechanics,

NASCAR playing at bottom volume
on the radio, and make you wait
forever for the privilege of paying

three bucks for a Diet Coke?
I stole a roll of Mentos when
I was in there alone. …

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B L O O D   P A P A Y A | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

B L O O D   P A P A Y A

Let’s have a compote duel:
Sweet against sweet
Liqueur against liqueur

Conceptually, I love you
Earthy truffle oil
The pressure to be with you
Is raw garlic
May require
A summer …

Europe | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Europe

On a too hot bus, my sister and I traveled through fields of sunflowers.

Because we couldn’t stop arguing, we sat rows apart.

I see us staring out the windows. Or eating …

No Earth Survives a Country | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

No Earth Survives a Country

after Samiya Bashir

Long: a measurement; the distance it takes to remember.

Remember: everything that had to fall.

Fall: the end of summer’s tyranny.

Tyranny: some part of us we could not love.

Love: absent …

Marina Abramović’s Gaze | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Marina Abramović’s Gaze

I find her seated at the kitchen table at two a.m.,
her red dress a large heart in the dark’s chest.

I flip the light switch: she stares past the …

Night of Telescopes | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Night of Telescopes

I have buried my share and hardly anyone knows.
A house must hold ghosts, writing
Names across funereal woods and windows
Good for viewing the lingering past.
This night of …