Juliet Cook at Snoetry 4 — photo by JC

A Few of the Motives

Perhaps you’ve had enough
of the spiders & dolls,
of the egg sacs & attics
with their vaguely supernatural
airs.  Whatever are the girls doing there
with their senseless sashays, with their scentless sachets,
with their unfinished hems of lavender dresses drawn out until threadbare.

Are they “not quite right”?

Are they paranormal, abnormal,
abducted, abandoned, trapped
inside their own lolling heads?

Are they the lax debris
of disambiguation gone wrong?

Are they partially gone,
fondled then drained
prey from an old-fashioned vampire movie?

(Black & white swoons into gray snow
as one of them bleeds herself
to relive that sharp kiss,
its fantastical collapse…)

Are they empty contraptions, outer casings, prettily painted shells
for ghosts?  Are they already dead?

(In the corner, two of them have given up
pricking themselves with needles.
Now they are sewing their fingers together.
Attached at the tips and fluttering
like pale moths in a peculiar coupling…)

Sometimes being ugly and living alone are enough
to convince people one is possessed.
Perhapps their lazy eyes and flesh-tone moles
are the culprits in this slow downfall.

(Undercover of ruffled lace,
she saws at her arm with a butter knife…)

Perhaps they are birdbrained
and hibernating.  Perhaps all their idling
in parlor chairs is because they are hiding
a new brood of addled eggs.

Under their skirts, poised upon plush
purple stripes of feather-stuffed cushions,
a soft clucking emerges.

Pink-glossed harelips part.

(She slips something illicit under her tongue;
she forgets something…)

“A Few of the Motives” (c) 2008 by Juliet Cook from Planchette (Blood Pudding Press).  Click here to order it.

Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver and purple explosions.
  Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, most recently including Arsenic Lobster, Menacing Hedge, Mojave River Review, and Tarpaulin Sky. She is the author of more than thirteen published poetry chapbooks, most recently including FONDANT PIG ANGST (Slash Pine Press), Tongue Like a Stinger (Wheelhouse), POST-STROKE (Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 5), Thirteen Designer Vaginas (Hyacinth Girl Press), and POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press). A new collaborative poetry chapbook created by Juliet Cook and Robert Cole, MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. Juliet’s first full-length poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX. In addition to her own writing, Juliet is the editor/publisher of Blood Pudding Press (print) and Thirteen Myna Birds (online). You can find out more at www.JulietCook.weebly.com.