May 28, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Pride Poets’ Corner: Penetrate By Terry Wolverton

In honor of Women’s History Month The Pride Poets’ Corner, curated by West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, wished to highlight lesbian poet Terry Wolverton. 

“Terry Wolverton is the godmother of much feminist and lesbian work in LA,” stated Sonia-Wallace. “I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to allow us to feature a piece from her latest book.”

Terry Wolverton is the author of 11 books of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman’s Building. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing studio, and Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Wolverton will be reading at the upcoming National Poetry Month WeHo Reads free virtual event on April 14.

For more information on the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weho-reads-presents-it-is-time-to-cross-the-threshold-on-your-hands-tickets-138879581567?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

PENETRATE 

Middle of one indigo night 

air-to-ground spectacle

on the blasted TV.

         I was naked and overripe.

         She watched from inside her skin.

Everyone fears the burning dark

so they stuff their cheeks

with cartoon colors.

         I was painted green and laughing.

         She carried her morning song.

Haunted with pure spectrum,

kids slump outside laundromats

scorched in pink light.

         I was a cream pie, a chandelier.

         She annealed the bloody past.

What the sun wants:

no sunglasses no sunscreen;

let me radiate through the bleached stupor.

         I was waiting with outstretched chakras.

         She created the rising world.

— Terry Wolverton

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