My Heart is Your Suitcase
Make a prediction: what kind of words do you think we will hear in this poem?
adorable . available . allowable . affordable . attainable .
amiable . assumable . amenable . breakable . biddable . breathable
There might be valentines and little heart-shaped candies
scattered through it
maybe a promise better than your instincts
Let’s play the Trap My Heart Game:
use the roses and chocolates to capture the heart
Click on a space to bring up a rose
The less roses you use, the higher the score
In the rib cage, shaped like an upside-down pear
my heart is a not-for-profit organization
At the risk of inventing a word for Supernatural Christianity
what kind of words are the following: level, civic, madam, eye?
What kind of words have different forms because of politeness levels?
Look up the etymology of "overwhelmed”
and you’ll find your phone vs. your heart
What kind of words come out your mouth?
Look up these words: common, proper, abstract, collective
Are they corrupt words? Improper words? Swear words? Rotten words?
How does the body reply to this cosmetic world?
With language. What kind of words have cosmetic sensory attributes?
So where does the myth originate that your heart stops when you sneeze?
Does this myth sit behind your sternum?
What kind of words are not allowed in prison mail?
Behind the kind of words like "pain," "itch," "tingle,"
I’ve been trained to sign my name
GALILEO What kind of words?
ANDREA Names of stars
GALILEO Such as?
ANDREA The bottommost ball is the moon
I’ve plotted your heart in geeky love note algebra:
an equation in white on front and implicit heart plot in white and red on the back of this shirt
Before we talk about these mathematical underpinnings
what kind of words are underlined? What kind of words are in italics?
Use each of these in a sentence: August and Left-Handers
How might these by symbolic?
If you are sanctified, it will make your heart sick to hear these words thus inserted
I just think you should know. Perhaps you can discuss here
this twangy, surf-ish, irregular music
I was sitting in the mud, my heart active and graphic
coming up with specific descriptions
like color, size, material, imagery
or more unusual adjectives
like weird, nerdy, a season, spooky, steampunk, hipster, etc
Submissives are actually the dominant ones
Pop songs tell us that our lives are irreplaceable
Let my heart be your suitcase
Resourceful Odysseus glowered at her, and answered angrily:
“I'll be off soon, but only to Telemachus, to let him know what kind of words you bitches use”
As a frustrated advocate for unfettered celebrity
she is already tired of being cold
On her bleak lunchbreak
there were 16mm film projections and light-based (de)constructions
This is the legacy of helping orphans around the world
Do NOT look if you don't want to be reduced to a puddle of awwww
Perhaps the body's most beautiful muscle
my heart is also a food truck
I am for storytellers. I am for your back story
But what happens when
God doesn't know what kinds of words to put in the Bible?
What kind of words do you repeat in your mind
while waiting on line
travelling by bus or train
or at any other time you are mentally not busy?
What kind of words, what kind of sentences, what kind of structures
do you have to have
in order for this performance
to be the right kind of crime?