I thought it was clear— but the instructor said he didn’t know what was happening. He alluded that the stanza break in the two stanza poem was shit. I couldn’t find words, but the women, the women, the women in the workshop, said it was clear— the speaker was raped. He said it wasn't evident. In harmony the women agreed— it is clear, it is clear, it is clear.
Dustin Brookshire is the curator of the Wild & Precious Life Series and founding editor of Limp Wrist. He is the author of two chapbooks—Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions, 2021) and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). With Julie E. Bloemeke, Dustin is co-editing a forthcoming Madville Publishing Dolly Parton anthology. Visit Dustin online at www.dustinbrookshire.com.