Two Poems by Judith Cody

Nightmare After an Argument

Tears snailed down my face
leaving shiny trails through
dress-up blush and mascara.

That really pissed you off
your face knotted
pulling the brow hairs erect
you lifted a grey blade
swung it      the rust studded edge.

Off with my head
just like the king in the
terrible fairy tales.

You picked up my head
by the stump
then chewed down the face
precisely       as if
you where eating
a great ear of corn.

 

Not Enough Graduate Work

I have fired you up
given you my loin prayers
adored you too much.

Too much caressed
your manhood at last appreciated
you crave a bigger audience
to applaud your damp curls
to moan for touches.

Man-thing
you are too old to come
into your beauty
any gorgeous woman
can tell you.

O you have wasted your life
to yearn to become
a sought after chunklet.
Women have such wisdom
forced upon us in Kindergarten.

We know that the cream flesh
lasts through a few
dirtied dreams     frantic years
sours in our mouths.

Big blond man
you have only some years
maybe months left
to parade your firm ass
by dwindling admirers.


Judith Cody’s poetry is published in over 130 journals, and has won many national awards, including second prize in the national Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts selected her poem from a competitive group from around the world for exhibition in a featured art gallery installation. Her poetry chapbook was a finalist in Bright Hills Press’s national competition. She has won Atlantic Monthly and Amelia awards; her poems were quarterfinalists in the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry and were cited for honorable mentions by the National League of American Pen Women. She edited the PEN Oakland anthology Fightin’ Words and wrote the internationally notable biography of composer Vivian Fine: A Bio-Bibliography and Eight Frames Eight. Her work is seen in many anthologies and poems appear in journals such as: Nimrod International Journal, New York Quarterly, Stand, South Carolina Review, Painted Bride Quarterly (forthcoming), Texas Review, Fugue, Clare, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Montreal Review, Fox Cry Review, Louisville Review, The Offbeat, Madison Review, Phoebe, Quiddity, Primavera, Poet Lore, Poem, Xavier Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Citron Review, Ignatian, The Brooklyn Review, Penmen Review, Splash of Red, Soundings East, Westview, Caduceus, Chaffin Journal, Arabesques Review, Laurel ReviewThird Wednesday, and others.