Project Description

A Modest Proposal for 2017

—eat the rich—
with furred and blackened tongues lick Fortune from their eyes
they are Chosen so let their bodies be our saviors
white manna cast down from heaven—a gift
from their god who giggled
as their liposuctioned fat slipped from our lips

—eat the rich—
we make our own Marx
Swift ends to the tyranny of not knowing our next meal
a fare spread laid out all along
in limousines and multi-million dollar beachfront houses
pictures from tabloid magazines selling our labors back to us

—eat the rich—
peasants make poor meals but those massaged and oiled muscles
melt like Kobe beef in our mouths
injustice drowns blood
as they downed
wine prepared from our sweat and dirt

—eat the rich—
suck their marrow
teach our children to read by drawing letters
with the bones of revolution
use their skulls as soup bowls
their bleached and tanned skins to guard against the elements

we know how to use every part of the body
we’ve learned much from watching them devour

Kym Cunningham

Kym Cunningham received her MFA from San Jose State University with emphases in creative nonfiction and poetry. She acted as the lead Nonfiction Editor of Reed Magazine, the oldest literary magazine west of the Mississippi. She received the Ida Fay Sachs Ludwig Memorial Scholarship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, MARY’s Editor’s Prize, and a Pushcart nomination for outstanding achievement in her writing. Her writing has been published in more than a dozen literary journals, and anthologized twice. Her first poetry chapbook is slated to be published in 2018 by Finishing Line Press.