Vegamite and Vajazzle

Sparkle cunt and umami, itís all about
satisfaction, dream of wealth, marine boy takes
orders thinks itís good, donít have to think right now,
it hurts too much, big dick gonna make it safe,
be fabulous just for fags, and all the rest
weíre supposed to protect, used to be
we gave people spoonfuls of caster oil, line
Ďem up, slip it down, now itís got to be flavor-
ful, make it not hurt, donít like pain, not me, no
tattoo please, donít need that ouch, too much now, skin
apringle, bring him home, glitter his face, sheís
wide and waiting, sorry and needful, feed me,
feed me what I donít understand, I donít stand.


Laura McCullough's books of poetry include Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press), Panic (winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books), Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies, The Room & the World: Essays on the poet Stephen Dunn, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press, and Essays on Poetry and Race: the Task of Un/Masking, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. She is the editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and an editor at large for TranStudies Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction from Goddard College, and her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, The Birmingham Review, The Florida Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Writer's Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others.