Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

God Girl

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

God Girl

Article excerpt

I was born (again?) two times:

Christened first, then second dipped in a luke-

Warm pool with Satan, / rebuke

Thee, saved with pantomimes

(Hand down, across) and breath

Held in the ghost's holy name before

My family and crowd. Encore?

Bear me again. In death,

I'm good. At church, each hat

Appeared as a centerpiece of lace-

Wrapped buds. I watched the angel face

Stained in the ziggurat-

Like tiers of storied glass

Go flush in sun, turn corpse opaque

With clouds. And I, for heaven's sake,

Took heaven's biomass,

Washing feet first in the church

Basement, feet hosed and pedicured.

I held the shot-glassed blood and stirred

Beside the Eden birch

Weeping to baked-in grass.

It waxed green as crayon. My fingertip

Went plum. Mom said, God, girl, take the sip

Already. The church, en masse,

Voiced a terse Amen. God Girl:

I love that end to the final verse,

Revelation to Genesis, Eve's curse

In blood, the sidewalk twirl

Of sisters in Gunne Sax

Chiffon, Ham's myth and that dark dream

Where lepers lose their limbs, each ream

Of Bible type in black,

The Jesus red, the crack-

ing joints post-kneel. …

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