FEMININITY AS A MATH PROBLEM IN AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE FOR X by Kelly Grace Thomas

/ / Issue 14, Poetry

                       after Linette Reeman and torrin a. greathouse
 

MATH PROBLEM

The body is a betrayal you are forced to carry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSSIBLE ANSWERS

Don’t say the word father
OR become a slow crawl of thigh highs
OR let each be your god

Divide all possible solutions by Remember this was your idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theoretical Math Problem – TRUE OR FALSE

When solving for y the answer to diet pills is more diet pills
The word genetics is a mean hammer
The difference between shame and guilt is showing your work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATH PROBLEM AS MAP=

You are the smallest place you know.

Possible steps to solving for y (you)

1. Give back the rib
2. Eat every apple until you are fat with orchards
3. Dress in snake and dig a grave

(there no use for girls who think themselves vessel. They should never expect to float)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATH PROBLEM, v. 2.0=

Russian nesting doll
daughter (into)
wife (into)
mother (into)

Find the lowest common denominator.

Divide the fractions among many           mouths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEAL ANSWER

Tell the junior at UCLA you have the answers + use words like better now + walk her to her car.

(Do not say the hunter never sleeps) x (Do not tell her, like you, she will always be hungry)

= Do not tell her there is no X      =     Or worse, that each of you are cause.

POSSIBLE ANSWERS

Your mother laughed when you disappeared + you are still suspect + so is she

 

 

 

ACCEPTABLE ANSWERS

you have not finished disappearing + you are still thirsty for bones

MATH PROBLEM IN REVERSE

Unbuild the boat
Write letters to kerosene
Have X solve for you

 

 

PROBABLE ANSWERS

There is nothing special about a body

AND You keep on carrying  

 

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