A mother’s advice//J. Bradley

 


 

 

 

To get the girl you deserve:
make her name an achievable objective.

 

To get the girl you deserve:
behead something, throw a parade.

 

To get the girl you deserve:
fillet her throat.

 

To get the girl you deserve:
feed pieces of herself to her
until she manages to keep them down.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 J. Bradley is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net. He tweets at @iheartfailure.