Get the Rape Joke

rape joke poem the awl poetry patricia lockwood

The news always seems to find me last. This would even include poetry news, which is supposed to be my thing. So it is that today I finally heard of a poem, published by The Awl, that went viral on social media and prompted responses in outlets as varied as Feministe, Salon and The Guardian.

The poem is called “Rape Joke” and was written by Patricia Lockwood. To read the complete poem, which everyone really should, please click here.

Below are a few spellbinding lines, out of many, from Lockwood’s poem:

The rape joke is that time is different, becomes more horrible and more habitable, and accommodates your need to go deeper into it.

Just like the body, which more than a concrete form is a capacity.

This post is part of my collaboration with Zeteo Journal’s Zeteo is Reading. To read more posts, please click here.

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