February 26, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Penn Kemp




Early Release



When Lorena

cut off her husband’s

cock and tossed it as she

drove past into

the grass



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





John Wayne Bobbitt’s member,


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.


most of all. Perps out for power just hate being


mocked. Bobbitt, you bobbitt. Take that,

John Wayne.






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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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