Kim Parko: They Wanted My
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 They wanted          my

 

Tap

Root

 

           to drought

 

to dig up

from soil

 

           to lay atop

     the dry

layer

 

 

                 My

 

hairy bulb

 

thirsting

 

for the sub-

terrain

 

They wanted          my

 

Fissures

                                                                   

The tremors

 of my plates

 

             separating

 

And I gave them     

 

 that

 

 

Took the space           between        sadness

 

and widened

 

 

Gave them

gaps

between

 

what made

me

 

 They wanted          my

 

Mouth

 

The deepness of it            the way it led

 

to my stomach

 

and

 

they said

 

      Her throat like a snake

 

  

     Now

 

they feed my children

 

apples

 

laced

 

with cancer

They wanted         my

 

Birds

 

 

All of them

 

       perched

 

on slim

 

lines         above

 

traffic

 

And

         

they wanted my bird’s

 

egg shells

 

thin

 

around

 

the embryo

 

 

an insurmountable

 

 

weakness

 

 

from the beginning


Kim Parko is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Santa Fe, NM. Moving between poetry, fiction, installation, performance and social engagement, Kim’s work reveres permeable states of being and makes space outside of the patriarchal status/static quo. Whether textual, visual, or ethereal, her creations embrace interconnection and fluidity, intentionally blurring boundaries.

 

Kim is the author of two books: a novel, The Grotesque Child (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and Cure All (Caketrain Press, 2010), a work of poetic fictions. Her poetry and fiction have been published broadly, both in print and online. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and is an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a mother, a wife, a maker, a hedge witch and a healer.