Poetry

February 26, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Reuters photo

 

By

Penn Kemp

 

 

 

Early Release

 

 

When Lorena

cut off her husband’s

cock and tossed it as she

drove past into

the grass

 

opposite

a convenience store, she

was absolved

 

for reasons

of temporary

insanity. Released,

 

she spent the next

quarter century working

for battered

women, her Lorena Gallo

Foundation.

 

*

 

John Wayne Bobbitt’s member,

found

and packed in iced hot dog container,

was not just

 

re-attached but enlarged to

the size a prostitute

described as “a dented

Red Bull can” when

he worked, a greeter

at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel.

 

*

 

John’s spent his infamy in

and out of

jail and porn films, accused

again and again

 

of assault, harassment, theft,

always, he

claims, not guilty. So writes Lili Anolik

 

in “Lorena Bobbitt’s American Dream”,

Vanity Fair.

 

*

 

Let us draw

our own conclusion. Long may such

stories spawn indignant response.

 

Words our revenge, and laughter.

Laughter

most of all. Perps out for power just hate being

 

mocked. Bobbitt, you bobbitt. Take that,

John Wayne.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary McDonald photo

Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is the author most recently of Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) and Local Heroes  (Insomniac Press, 2018). New eco-poems, including her multimedia collaboration with artist Mary McDonald on www.riverrevery.ca, will be published as River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019). Quattro Books has published two other works, Barbaric Cultural Practice, and an anthology Penn edited, Jack Layton: Art in Action.

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