Family Values — Jude Marr

marriage is an institution for the insane—

from disorder comes cohabitation, (procreation)
psychic pain: siblings will be killers (cf. Cain)
brother / traitor : sister / slap—and daddy’s little girl
                                                                  grows up

mothers and their sons flirt with neurosis (Sigmund says)
while scissor-sisters, Jung at heart, weird out on blasted
heath until, collectively, they cut (slash) pussy
                                         and bleed and stain—

water dissolves blood: forget-me-nots are blue
                                                not pink: water
                                                me: let me

I’m back in therapy: my shrink thinks
empathy’s a cure for dread: but I know both are bound
to be (cf. de Beauvoir), now that every

relatively speaking I am matter’s child, and matter
still: keep
my fucking family: keep
your binaries: I am me: not
a theory
not a girl.


Jude Marr teaches, and writes poetry, as protest.  Their chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds (Finishing Line), was published in 2017. Recent credits include Anit-Heroin ChicHarbor Review, and Juke Joint Magazine. Follow them @JudeMarr1