To the Man Who Shouted “I Like Pork Fried Rice” at Me on the Street

By Franny Choi Franny Choi
you want to eat me
out. right. what does it taste like
you want to eat me right out
of these jeans & into something
a little cheaper. more digestible.
more bite-sized. more thank you

come: i am greasy
for you. i slick my hair with msg
every morning. i’m bad for you.
got some red-light district between
your teeth. what does it
taste like: a takeout box
between my legs.
plastic bag lady. flimsy white fork
to snap in half. dispose of me.

taste like dried squid. lips puffy
with salt. lips brimming
with foreign so call me
pork. curly-tailed obscenity
been playing in the mud. dirty meat.
worms in your stomach. give you

a fever. dead meat. butchered girl
chopped up & cradled
in styrofoam. you candid cannibal.
you want me bite-sized
no eyes clogging your throat.

but i’ve been watching
from the slaughterhouse. ever since
you named me edible. tossed in
a cookie at the end. lucky man.
go & take what’s yours.
name yourself archaeologist     but

listen carefully
to the squelches in
your teeth & hear my sow squeal
scream murder between
molars. watch salt awaken
writhe, synapse.
watch me kick
back to life. watch me tentacles
& teeth. watch me
resurrected electric.

what does it
                                    taste like: revenge
squirming alive in your mouth
strangling you quiet
from the inside out.

Source: Poetry (March 2014).

 Franny  Choi

Biography

Franny Choi is a Korean American writer, performer, and teaching artist. Her debut collection, Floating, Brilliant, Gone, will be released by Write Bloody Publishing in March 2014.

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Body, Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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