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ANGER: THE RAPE

Alicia Ostriker
Prairie Schooner, Vol. 86, No. 3 (Fall 2012)

No cruelty is like the cruelty
one turns against oneself
after being raped
one feels covered in slime and shit
said the old woman grimly

This place used to be a park
now it is a parking lot ha ha
for which I am in the ornamental fringe
don’t tell me I should get over it
said the tulip sourly

Definition of a bleeding
heart liberal: you hated to see
the man on the corner with the stick
beating me so you crossed the street
said the dog angrily