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Published: Fri Oct 15 2010
Salman Toor, Fag Puddle with Candle, Shoe, and Flag (detail), 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, N.Y. Photo: Farzad Owrang.
Today, Worn and Broke’t, I Make Demands of my Lover

My legs sewn up into the bed
and the window ledge appears—welcome, welcome!

Then you, lover,
                                                 (nursemaid, murderer)
a bare chest, panting, as if your ribs
are a spoked pump.

             I wear my hair in two pointed buns,
like a great horned owl,
                                 (or plastic owl barn-mounted
to fear-off vermin).
                                                                I love you
                                                  Lover, I whisper,
shut your mouth-pit.
                                 Play me a song on the buzznack_.

Up you go and I will surely die like this,
                                                            scrawny, a-bed,
an azzardly beast,
                                         a burdalone,
if not for you—so fat and butterine.

Give me the glee-dream
                                             before the fleshtailor arrives
before I give in
                                                        to the leechcraft
                          and learn to desire the tight suction
on skin,
                                          the danzyheaded lightness
from a slow loss of blood.

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Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books, including two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Pure and Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. Her latest is a collection of poems called Instructions, Abject & Fuming. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, AGNI, The Best American Poetry, and elsewhere, and read on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She is a professor of screenwriting at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts and faculty director at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more information, visit juliannabaggott.com. (updated 10/2017)

Her AGNI poem “To My Lover, Concerning the Yird-Swine” from AGNI 72 was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2011.

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