Size / / /

They don't have sex or else
the men would disappear,
eclipsed like earth straddled by the moon.

They have no hands.
They do no work,
except the rotund mamas
stirring their stewpots,
underarms a-jiggle.

They have no feet.
Where shall they walk?
How should they climb?
No one will dance with them.

They have no voices
except to sing opera
—but then it's all over.
Better they shut up.

All fat women are the same fat woman,
double chins redundant.
They have no biographies
because they have
no souls.

Fat men,
now, they’re substantial.
They are pockets stuffed with
speeches and dollars but

fat women are vapors;
they pour down as acid rain,
infest lagoons,
hex the subways,
ice the runways,
jam the airways,
rust the metal,
curdle the cream,
and cause male-pattern baldness.

Sandi Leibowitz has been, among other things, the Sands Point Hag, a psaltery player, a secretary at NY's Museum of Natural History, a fundraising associate, and a school librarian. Her speculative fiction and poetry may be found at Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Luna Station Quarterly, and other far-out places.
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17 Jan 2022

The land burns so hot and high tonight that Let can see its orange glow even from the heart of The City of Birds. It burns so thick she can taste the whole year’s growth of leaves and branches on her lips. It burns so fast she can almost hear the deer and cottontails scream as flames outrun them and devour them whole.
I writhe in bed with fever, chills, chatters and shivers. The near becomes far as the far comes close.
No one gets married before going to space.
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