Literary Orphans

Porn Star by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

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He takes a slice of my breast

and holds it up to the light

like a color slide

from a recent trek to Everest

 

Filing it under

the code for “going south”

he suggests when I might depart

for my exotic garden spot

that I may make my reservation in advance

 

I am a woman with many reservations—

some of them in Hell

and Death, I think, is no Holiday Inn

I am already booked well into today

Every room a different number

Every suite a different theme

all in the likeness of God

 

Presently  I will be occupying the ever popular

In the Name of the Father  Holy Mother  Mary and Joseph

Sweet Jesus! What Could You Have Been Thinking Suite

Followed by the Suite of Remorse

Suite of Despair

Suite of Forgiveness

Suite of Redemption

How Suite of You

And finally    at the end of the day

I am  no doubt expected to lay my head down in the

Big Dumb Bottled Blonde Does Penance Suite

 

Room after room

day after day—

keyholes for eyes

opening and closing

with locks that will not turn

Labels will do that—

keep you in your place

keep you from turning into

something else

someone new

Words are different than labels

Words can free you

like a memory with a mind of its own

Well  haha  yours

 

Try to hold down a memory–

blindfold it

tie it to the bedpost

question it mercilessly

and it will give up nothing

you don’t already know

deep down inside

 

I take the word Miracle

and I burn it into my memory

I take the word Miracle

and I burn it into my landscape

into my tale of two cities

this brilliant marquee

he threatens to plunge into darkness–

this other MilkyWay on gas

that found its way back

from the black hole of space

 

I say the word Miracle

and when I open up my mouth

the nectar of a thousand shooting stars

pours forth my creamy pleasure

pointing the way to the next galaxy

 

Miracle knows where I’ve been

will get me where I’m going

Miracle will not turn down some stark, unknown

corner of the universe

with infiltrating lobular carcinoma for a name

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Antonia Alexandra Klimenko was first introduced on the BBC and to the literary world by the legendary Tambimutttu of Poetry London–publisher of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas Henry Miller and Bob Dylan, to name a few. Although her manuscript was orphaned upon ‘Tambi’s passing, her poems and correspondence are included in his Special Collections at Northwestern University. Klimenko, a former San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion, is widely published ; her work has appeared in (among others) XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) Occupy Poetry Anthology(in which she is distinguished as an American Poet) and Maintenant: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the in Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She lives in The City of Light where she is Writer/Poet  in Residence at SpokenWord Paris.

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–Art by Kaia Pieters