MK Chavez: “Little Red Riding Hood/Companion”


[From the WVFC Poetry Archive. First Published March 22, 2020]


Little Purple Using Hood/Companion

And people different females who managed to slide the collar for a second or two of life had been branded “unhealthy.”  —Clarissa Pinkola Estés, from Ladies Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Tales of the Wild Lady Archetype

The key nests in my marrow.

On the striptease I seem pirouette
and prey.


I would present you
what it means to be consumed.

The pashadom and papacy come
to gush and perpetually satellite tv for pc spatter,

regardless of,

in the long run you’ll discover them
lined in a high-quality mist,

tasting of me.

What they have no idea— past the veil

I lay with the wolf
& the wolf
is me.

Discover me in a forest of tupelo,
cypress & black gum,
at midrib,
lobe, and blade.

Even a leaf can have enamel.

Human acts might be cannibalistic.

I’m right here
selecting the entire wildflowers.


Copyright © 2018 by MK Chavez. Initially revealed in Poem-a-Day on December 19, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets and reprinted right here with the permission of the creator.


MK Chavez is the award-winning creator of Mothermorphosis, Pricey Animal, and Virgin Eyes. Pricey Animal is accessible for order at here. She has acquired fellowships from Hedgebrook, CantoMundo, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, VONA, North Road Collective Residence Program, Actual Time & House Elevate Residency, and Napa Valley Writers Workshop. Chavez can be cofounder/curator of the studying collection Lyrics & Dirges, codirector of the Berkeley Poetry Competition, and has been a visitor curator of restricted studying collection at BAMPFA, and at LOTERIA in partnership with the Institute of (Superior) Uncertainty. She has been a visiting teacher at Stanford College, San Francisco State College, Mills Faculty, Berkeley Metropolis Faculty, San Francisco Metropolis Faculty, BAMPFA, and Hedgebrook. She is the recipient of an Alameda County Arts Management Award and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was acknowledged by the Berkeley Public Library Basis at their 18th Award Dinner in 2019. Her most up-to-date publications might be present in luggage of espresso from Nomadic Espresso and on the Academy of American Poets web site’s Poem-A-Day collection. Extra about her life and work might be discovered here.

Hearken to Chavez learn “Purple Using Hood/Companion” here.


Poet’s Notice

This poem is a reimagining of a fairy story that held my creativeness as a baby. I used to be by no means happy with the tip of the story. I used to be suspicious of trappings that painted a lady and a wolf as unhealthy. This poem can be impressed by conversations with my finest buddy as we explored what it’s to be girls and to be wild. I needed to jot down a unique sort of fairytale, one which warns of the hazards of underestimating girls, and the place girls and nature are triumphant and a celebration. [Source here]



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