No, unreliable narrator, no, no, no
there’s not a chance in hell I’d give you the mic
you sly thing
okay you can have it but I’m right here so watch it
story hour and what if I’m in this one: half hitler half cruella deville
must I go into hiding?
the best words get stupid
in the wrong hands
I was advised: put nothing in writing
I was advised: get ready for a sad life
and now just look:
handwriting of a drunken third-grader
or of several drunken third graders fighting for control of the pen
just your tricks I’m up to all your tricks
Martha McCollough is a video artist and writer who lives in Chelsea, MA. Her videopoems have been exhibited internationally, and have appeared in Triquarterly, Rattapallax, and El Aleph. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bird’s Thumb, Cream City Review, and Salamander.
Image: “Steer” by Matthew Klein