Sex Magick

by Linette Marie Allen Issue: Fall/Winter 2019 Special Issue on Margins

                Homage to Marina Abramović

here stand my twelve pillows, tall tuft
of turtle dove and pig’s feet and night
pain. here stand my silent vowels, jack

knifing knots between nutgrass & wet
ghost. here stand my balkans
running in the rain. bloodless. bloody.

nervy. here stand my bushtits: jubilant as
porbeagle & sweetquail & nuclear fruits
lunging teeth of gloriosa at your doorstep

drawing screams as if auctioneer of hours
wokked in rectangles of hellwood—woke
women who know exactly how to horrify
the gods & what not—a clay tablet the size
of a cell phone?
—stop the rain. punish you.


Linette Marie Allen

Linette Marie Allen is earning an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. She is the recipient of a 2018 Betty Tarpley Turner Research and Travel Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Notre Dame Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Find her on Twitter @thepagereader.