Quit Your Job and Become a Poet

            This poetry collection has a beginning, middle and an end. It covers two months’ worth of misadventures in the life of an embittered and slightly arrogant young woman who decides to quit her job to become a poet out of spite after being called a few choice names. Sometimes you will like her, sometimes you may not. Sometimes you may laugh or cry or want your money back. But life’s not very fair that way, now is it?

             This is a coming of age story, and that age is almost thirty.

 

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Georgia Park is creator of Private Bad Thoughts, curator of Whisper and the Roar a feminist literary collective, and a writer for Sudden Denouement

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Ivory Tower-Georgia Park

If I shaved my head clean
would you stop
paying attention to me
would you just drop it
please

if I moved into
an ivory tower
and painted the ceiling
all pretty colors
would I become a better person
without the distractions
of these horrible men?

the answer is,
I’ve done it,
several times
for long periods

and I always end up
missing the attention
of the one man
I hope to connect with

I haven’t met him yet.


[Georgia Park is creator of Private Bad Thoughts, curator of Whisper and the Roar a feminist literary collective, and a writer for Sudden Denouement. She is a wonderful poet with an enormous heart. We can’t imagine this journey without her. Please check out more of her wonderful work.]

Trapeze Artists – Georgia Park

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Trapeze Artists – Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts/Whisper and the Roar)

The contouring bodies
of artists intertwine
chins lifted to look up
spinning rapidly
towards each other
reaching, being picked
up so completely
It makes me want to
fall in love again
the smell of whiskey
on the people

around me-
the artists

wrap their bodies
in the gauze

that’s lifting them
it looks like

bandages
but then,
they turn it
into a swing
it lifts them,
they’re reaching
and touching
and the people,
they love it
and the artists
are so thin I can’t
tell if they’re men
or women
then they go limp
and pile like
dead bodies
while me,

I drink my own
whiskey

[Georgia Park is creator of Private Bad Thoughts, curator of Whisper and the Roar a feminist literary collective, and a writer for Sudden Denouement. She is a wonderful poet with an enormous heart. I can’t imagine this journey without her. Please check out more of her wonderful work.]

bow Wow – Georgia Park

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bow Wow Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts & Whisper and the Roar)

I want the TSA

to smash my dog’s

little safety box into bits

instead of just the disposable lock

made especially for smashing

after the thirteen hours she spent in it

in cargo far from my place in the cabin

and then after landing

 I hear her cries,  desperate

but I’m not be able to touch her

until we clear customs

 

I free her in Chicago

and dump her into the car

 someone brings for us

painstakingly prearranged

I don’t count on the headache

the pressure the dog fur

out of reach

 

someone brings the car for us

to drive back in my homeland

after three years locked out of it

the chatter on the radio sounds foreign

American accented English

-it’s hard to listen-

 

Driving in America is different.

I bow to every driver who passes

like a good Korean

and then I start nodding…

it’s the 24 hour difference

I just can’t manage

my dog is alive

and I am so 

bone tired….

[Georgia writes for Sudden Denouement, Private Bad Thoughts and is the creator of Whisper and the Roar: A Feminist Literary Collective.]