‘Ms Suburbia’ published in Salon Style

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I have had a poem, Ms Suburbia, published in Salon Style: Fiction, Poetry & Art.

Edited by Brian Centrone, Salon Style is an e-book of work by writers, poets, and artists, in diverse genres such as Gothic/Horror, Sci-Fi, Women’s Lit, and Americana.

It really is a very eclectic mix of voices, and I’m proud to have been included.

The book, which will normally retail at $3.49 for a kindle edition, is free for its first week out in the world. You can get yours here, but you have to get in before the 21st of November.



Ms Suburbia

What a tame beast she has become, idling
in the paddocks of her family’s unmade
beds and mountainous dishes

circumambulating, endlessly, the dead heart
of this domestic poppy field; pausing
with lost purpose to pick up
some   thing   here
and artfully
place   it   there —
in abstract justification
of an involutionary existence.

Look: see how she is
wiping grime from surfaces and
framing frozen memories and
harmonizing dissonance and
feeding feeding feeding

(those who will never be sated)

while deep inside, covertly she is
self restrained by sedatives and
spurred to life by stimulants and
lured to the end of day by the promise
of the darkling hours in which to unfurl
her monstrous might and play —

(what desperate play!)

O what a noble
beast is man
O what a cowed
beast is woman —
tethered by the whim
of reproduction
to her most






19 thoughts on “‘Ms Suburbia’ published in Salon Style

  1. Congratulations on getting this wonderful poem published.

    I was always puzzled by a passage that is recited by traditional Jewish men at the beginning of the daily morning prayers: “Blessed are you, Lord, our God, ruler of the universe who has not created me a woman.” Now I know why the Lord in his wisdom ordained this 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the publication of this piece Michele. I consider it somewhat epical in theme and scope and acknowledge that you describe the ubiquitous scenario elegantly, although I would press a case for greater similarities between the beasts. Much enjoyed thank you.

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