Arielle Greenberg

(1972 / United States)

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Arielle Greenberg (born 1972) is a feminist poet and the poetry editor of Black Clock. She is most renowned for naming and describing the concept of the Gurlesque in the anthology Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, which she co-edited with Lara Glenum.
Greenberg was an assistant professor in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago. She is now living with her ... more »

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I am three months out and six to go,
stuffing my plastic Superball body with the salt
& twang of crackers die-cut into the shapes of fish.
God forsakes me when I forsake him
but mostly he's much kinder, as is his duty:
I am radiant, people tell me, and have no hives,
except the swarm of gold bombs biting its way
into my sticky hollow. And I don't mean sex.
I am just a menagerie for bright orange creatures.
Even my dreams are godless (and full
of God): I dream I am guided
by an elderly couple in a dim farmhouse
to their morning radio and blackberry ...

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