173.1: Morgan Parker:: Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night & How To Piss in Public and Maintain Femininity & Book of Exodus
2 June 2014
Morgan Parker’s poems are a glass not half full, but overfull, and we are invited to revel in the mess with her. “How to Piss in Public and Maintain Femininity” pours (if you’ll pardon the imagery) over its edges. The title spills into the first line, and the spill continues from there, a stream of unpunctuated, unfiltered thought. What speaks most to this reader is the blunt utterance spat out in the middle of a stream of observations and statements: “I am ashamed of my unconscious”; “I pretend things are simple but I do this / for your benefit.” This hit comes just as a reader may realize she’s talked to herself this way, each night in bed, waiting for the dream to come.