Dalila Never Cut Her Hair

a threadlike outgrowth
especially of the skin
of a mammal

                                                                                harry mother’s ex-boyfriend
                                                                                that was hated

rapunzel

rapunzel

let

down

your

                                                                                            it itches when
                                                                                            it grows back

           american women are
           european women are

                                                                  the white virgin
                                                                  the bearded lady

                                                                                 we wear short shorts

                                                     power(less) of
                                                     minute distance
                                                     degree or margin





Jennifer Karmin’s text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, was published by Flim Forum Press in 2010. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. A proud member of the Dusie Kollektiv, she is the author of the Dusie chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina. “Walking Poem,” a collaborative street project, is featured online at How2. At home in Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools.

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