Take a lover / who looks at you
while you go out / to kill yourself
& instead catch a woman
holding a man

like he is magic / even during
an asthma exam when
the nurse / tells you to breathe in
harder, tells you

you almost got it / & you don’t
you’re just normal / when you hold
your breath / in tunnels flopping
lungs in the dark

bargained for Manhattan / & a $2
dance / where $1 is a cheeseburger
& the other is a lap

select like bus service

going to Brooklyn / on the wrong
side / men don’t have a side
they have a taste / for other men
& their flesh

Take a lover / who stops looking
at you like a man / who stops
treating you like a woman / Remember
when we held each other

for free / It was just you & I &
it was a beautiful snow globe

Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams ( Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (ELJ Publications, 2016), & Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. They also teach workshops at Brooklyn Poets.
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