Beyonce Says by Joanna C. Valente

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Beyonce Says by Joanna C. Valente

 

 

Beyonce says there are more beautiful
Things than your body

Beyonce says put a ring on it
So you’ll be less lonely

Beyonce says it’s better to be
A fat woman than a skinny woman;

You will destroy
Everyone who is empty

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Beyonce says we are forgetting
Our humanity into oblivion

Like bleeding rocks into
Niagara Falls, as if when we wake

Up, everything will be
Alive

& oblivion’s mystery will fall
like a bra strap

into the Atlantic in a winter
storm: we can’t get too close

loving it from afar, never
completely embracing something

that vast—that strange sense
of danger, that rush.

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Beyonce says don’t make that
face because it will stay

that way forever; don’t plan
on living forever

because everything looks
better in reflection;

dreams & the dead are
alive in the same world

caught in a whale inside
a gigantic subway sequined

in poetry, afraid to die so
freeze eggs from ovary rot:

it will all end before
we know it.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014) and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her second full-length collection Marys of the Sea is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2016. She also has two chapbooks, The Gods Are Dead & Xenos, forthcoming from Deadly Chaps Press and Imaginary Friend Press. She founded Yes, Poetry in 2010,and is the Managing Editor for Luna Luna Magazine.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Beyonce Says by Joanna C. Valente

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  2. Azia DuPont July 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    WOW. yes. xo

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