Happy Trigger

By Carmen Giménez Smith b. 1971 Carmen Gimenez Smith
Off-season and in
the burnt forest
of my nightgown, a feral
undergrowth that marks
me as burial site—
to be still enough or
just enough.

My arms become fat arms:
hearth. I eat dirt for doubt,
a secret bleached
old as lie. I out-want
like a spindly
winged monster.
If I were a bug—
were I—then you'd hope
for reparation, and paint
more brown into the plot.

Carmen Gimenez Smith, "Happy Trigger" from Milk & Filth. Copyright © 2013 by Carmen Gimenez Smith.  Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Milk & Filth (University of Arizona Press, 2013)

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Poet Carmen Giménez Smith b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, The Body, Nature, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

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Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009), the full-length collection Odalisque in Pieces (2009), and the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010). Her most . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, Nature, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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