“I don’t want to reminisce, I want to burn” by Coco Wilder

Coco Wilder is a queer maker from the U.S. South. Her writing has appeared in Public Pool, Oxford American, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City, where she works at the Academy of American Poets and is a MFA candidate at Columbia University.

 

Previously published on Public Pool

 

I DON’T WANT TO REMINISCE I WANT TO BURN

the road birds shout

away, away! enough.

gosh.

I whisper to myself gosh,

body terrific, stay alive

you luck-stoned

fool.

any way you unwrap it

when I become a better woman

it will be easy

to sing over the fire,

even the horses are on my team

even the horses are on my team

even the horses are on my team.

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