Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Winged Triptych

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Winged Triptych

Article excerpt

1.Father's Wings

They said cardiac arrest, yet

the eyes were abducted first, taken hostage

to an outlet where chenille wings

hang discount.

A moist gold god murmurs

Just believe in Jesus I quip

Final Sale No Return

2.Son's Wings

The terrorist smirked



clandestine corridors

painting graffiti of Man's square breasts.

Outside, he gasped


His father hung under a cumulus

of silent, salvational breath

At the services, he imagines his own wings:

black leather, bedazzled, cropped short.

3.Holy Ghost's Wings

Batman, the Boy Wonder is a cave

filled with sun-kissed guilt

and a cacophony of gospel

Really malaise

deformed anatomy under spandex

pressed deeply down

disturbingly dangled

He mispronounces a nearly dead language

flagellates his own masquerade the porthole a plunging

peekaboo slit

While lip-locked superheroes sweat

While the Bat car revs

While Deuteronomy looms in the Gotham skies

[Author Affiliation]

Mark McBeth is associate professor at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. …

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