Brenna Twohy – "Another Rape Poem" (IWPS 2014)

so guy in the back of the room complaining about listening to another rape poem when people ask me why it took years of writing poems to write this poem to write the rape poem I will tell them all about you you watched this stage the same way you watched CSI you already know what's coming next it's just another mangled body I am just another hit and run so you take this time to get another drink I'll tell them how every story sounds the same when you stop listening like this is just another rape poem this is another little girl lost poem another do not touch me until I ask you to touch me poem another 7 years old sleeping with a Tinkerbell wand on my nightstand and a kitchen knife underneath my pillow because I swore the next time he came into my bedroom uninvited he would come out bleeding poem and I get it I know that you're tired of hearing rape poems I am tired of hearing rape poems the same way soldiers are tired of hearing their own guns go off believe me we all wish the war was over but friends you are staring out at a world on fire complaining about how ugly you think the ashes are the poems are not the problem we have built cathedrals out of spite and splintered bone of course they aren't pretty nothing holy ever is think of Gandhi's blistered feets think of that crown made of thorns and the sweat on your mother sacred chest as she pushed to get you here the work is never pretty but it's the only way the house gets built so I'm sorry that you don't want to look at my wreckage but I have carpentry in my mouth I have a hammer in my hands you cannot stop me from building and as long as you're there in the back of the room I am going to be here voice made from smolder because this is my story and you cannot take this from me you

21 thoughts on “Brenna Twohy – "Another Rape Poem" (IWPS 2014)

  1. The rape poems will continue until there is no material left

  2. I love how much attitude and confidence she has in telling off an imaginary man for not wanting to hear about how she was too weak to protect herself.

  3. Men are so sexest and they get mad at us for talking about rape and things simalar to that and they dont they wont they refuse to listen or try to understand it

  4. The work is never pretty but itโ€™s the only way the house gets built.

    I interpreted this to fit my life. Thank you I needed it.

  5. "Sleeping With A Tinkerbell Wand On My Nightstand And A Knife Under My Pillow, Because I Swore The Next Time He Came Into My Bedroom Uninvited, He Would Come Out Bleeding"

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  7. Well, there will continue to be rape poems because people didn't Listen the first time

  8. "I have carpentry in my mouth and a hammer in my hand". WHOA! Such a powerful line! Don't stop, poets!!

  9. "This is my story and you can not take this from me." Such a powerful line

  10. At least 1,400ย girls were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham, Englandย between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.Girls as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.The inquiry team found examples of "children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone".

  11. "We have built cathedrals out of spite and splintered bone. Of course they aren't pretty- nothing holy ever is"

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