NECESSARY NEGLIGENCE OF AFFECT
When helped with my coat
my arms stick in ways that are inelegant.
Spread taking off
weathered angular wings, fear runs thick like bones.
As a visitor
I hold the floor plan rolled up in front of me
like an erection
my body is a skeleton for the air surrounding it.
It’s better to leave the layer of dust,
for it looks worse when partially disturbed, the lines
cleaning lying like
welts across the surface.
Somewhere in the definition of beauty
is the gentle timidity
flesh on the
she walks away.
FEMINISTS FUCK LIKE A REAL MAN
You’re always unfastening buttons you don’t need to.
It’s very manly.
You must admit that I’m good at bras.
So good at bras, it’s like I never wear them.
KLARA DU PLESSIS is a poet residing alternately in Montreal and Cape Town. She writes essays and reviews for Broken Pencil, Lemon Hound and Matrix magazine. Her manuscript Hell light flesh was on the shortlist for the 2015 Metatron Prize. Her manuscript Painted Women was on the shortlist for the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Klara curates the monthly, Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series.