On Edna St Vincent Millay’s Ivory Dildo – Maya Lowy

for Carolyn Hembree

Twelve inches long and two-thirds that in girth,
the massive hunk of pachydermic tusk
representing royal Zulu cock is worth
millions at least. The white but black-charred husk
once found its way into Millay’s vagina,
we can assume, but now its whereabouts
are unknown (Canada? Spain? England? China?)
—since experts do believe it got back out.
Has it been passed from hand to poet’s hand?
Tried out by each great female sonnetteer?
Maybe, to really deeply understand
Millay’s work, to become more of her peer,
one must attempt to self-induce dilation
and submit to poetic penetration.

Maya Lowy has never kissed an Aries, changed a tire by herself, successfully used a joystick, or been stung by a bee. However, she has forded the Salmon River, excavated a Paleolithic site in Transylvania, milked a goat, and lost to a Scrabble world champion. You can follow her jokes at twitter.com/mayalowy and her rarely-updated adventures at fuckintruckin.wordpress.com; offline, she’ll be happy to challenge you to a darts game at any bar in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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