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IMPORTANT CLASSES; THE WHITE IN ONE COLD CLANK OF YOUR EYE

Valyntina Grenier

IMPORTANT CLASSES

 

Fruit, flower and drug staple time

or another intimate stories each chapter

starts out

stops by

ventures far afield

for a brief perverse moment

of precious gold

 

Corporate engineers are reinventing love

 

People are nature telling ourselves what we call time has gazed across the galaxies

 

or a pathetic fallacy

 

It’s a shame

even when the tenor changes

the gulf remains

 

Precious history paddles a canoe

An old “heroic” man emerges

 

Environmental morality

pays for transgressions

usually in coin

 

Disasters can’t shake

how different aims

wrap us in the reciprocal web of

 

hope clothes us

From covers we’ll look up

a little road

won’t appear so alien and intimate

 

Design and desire

our knees and genius

recklessly remarkably

unself-conscious at the mirror

 

 

 

 

THE WHITE IN ONE COLD CLANK OF YOUR EYE

 

summer in the city

children squeal

fire hydrant

wrenched to a swell

 

wrench-shaped welt

cracked bone

 

When

will we ghost our

violence

 

 

 

 

Valyntina Grenier makes art on the side of life that insists, “Don’t Shoot.” Her poetry and visual art push the boundaries of representation and abstraction to create a vantage from which to view violence and prejudice. Her work challenges the perception that delight and tenderness are not part of a discourse of political protest and protection. As a woman and a lesbian she desires to make art that inspires tenderness, compassion, and empathy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Volta's Arroyo Chico, Spiral Orb and Tulane Review. Find her at valyntinagrenier.com and instagram.com/valyntinagrenier/.