Fear of Going Blind is the Fear of Castration
In the uncanny
valley men wear goats’
horns painted black, gold and red
around their thick necks
so the witches who
try to curse them are tricked by
what they see as
so many phalluses
and, distracted, fly right
into each other.
Jennifer Martelli’s poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Menacing Hedge. Her reviews and essays have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Drunken Boat, and Gravel. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry and is an associate editor for The Compassion Project. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, The Uncanny Valley, is forthcoming this spring from Big Table Publishing Company. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.