COSMONAUTS AVENUE

Klara du Plessis

NECESSARY NEGLIGENCE OF AFFECT

(one)

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.

 

(two)

It’s better to leave the layer of dust,

for it looks worse when partially disturbed, the lines

of offhand

cleaning lying like

welts across the surface.

Somewhere in the definition of beauty

is the gentle timidity

of extra

flesh on the

ass as

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.

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