💖 A picture says a thousand words: second in the monthly series looking at poetry in response to images of culture queens by artist Liv Wynter – this time we’re OBSESSED with Mariah… 💖
Theories about why white str8 male poets love to write about the city as their girlfriend/wifey/bae:
- because they r SO ENTITLED they literally believe they own everything
- because they are SO BORING they have no new metaphors
- because they LOVE to reduce women down to objects (but are unable to acknowledge how calling a woman a city/house is exactly that)
- because they base all their language in the words of dead men and shit films where a man ALWAYS says ‘she had eyes like skyscrapers’
LIKE, WE GET IT,
YOU’RE SO TOTALLY OVER HER
AND THE FACT YOUR 20 MINUTE SET IS MADE ENTIRELY
OF SLY DIGS AND SARCASTIC EYEBROWS?
KNOWING LOOKS AT THE BOYS IN THE FRONT ROW?
WITTY AND HEART BREAKING?
IS JUST BY CHANCE
THE FACT YOU’VE BEEN PERFORMING
ANYWHERE YOU KNOW HER FRIENDS WILL BE
SO THEY CAN SAY
BABE HE JUST MISSES YOU?
BABE JUST CALL HIM BACK
IS NOT TRANSPARANT AT ALL.
YOU STARTED WRITING THE SAME REASON YOU FIRST PICKED UP A GUITAR
YOU WANTED HER TO FALL IN LOVE
WITH YOUR MIND
WITH YOUR MOUTH
YOU WANTED HER AT ALL YOUR SHOWS BUT
BABE CAN YOU JUST SIT AT THE BACK, ACTUALLY
CUZ ITS HARD TO NETWORK
IF EVERYONE KNOWS
IM WITH YOU.
IF IM HONEST WITH YOU BABE
I’VE DIGESTED YOUR SET
IVE INDULGED IN YOUR LOSELY STRUNG TOGETHER METAPHORS
IVE LISTENED TO THE WAY YOU DESCRIBED YOUR SEX LIFE
(FIREWORKS, EXPLOSIONS, WE GET IT?)
AND I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION
I WOULD OF LEFT YOU TOO.
Poetry by Liv Wynter.