Poetry: GOD OF WAR –Amy Lawless


I like you
& want to be you
so I am prepared to die
in this nothing atmosphere
which offers no protection
I’m prepared for worship
in the middle of this war
I’m prepared
And I am prepared for the rat king,
a hairy snarl of body parts, giant pulsating and decaying,
spreading disease?

I am? Yeah, I guess I am.

Why, similar putridity exists in ideas and in certain close communities.
A physical version is almost easier to handle.

Zero planets were founded on the ideals of justice and equality.
In fact, a planet isn’t founded at all.

God makes great pizza.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013). Her third poetry collection Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books. An audio chapbook from Broadax is out on Black Cake Records. She has been interviewed about her work in Interview Magazine and the Otherppl Podcast with Brad Listi. She grew up in Boston and lives in Brooklyn.

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