Rogue Agent

[Found Poem]

bodies, orifices, fluids

Color 

pale washes 

with vivid punctuations

mouths—

tongues, nipples, cunts, dicks, 

and assholes

anatomies redesigned

limbs amputated, reordered

orifices realigned

scrambled physiological functions

armless, legless women

broken—

like damaged classical ruins 

obscene, abject

exuberantly offensive 

Rama’s oversexed

bodies 

roiled propriety 

and uptight norms

directly challenged 

far-right national politics


Words borrowed from:

Christoffersen, Helga; Gioni, Massimiliano; Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah; Vergine, Lea; Vo, Danh; Rama, Carol. Carol Rama : antibodies. New York. ISBN 9780915557158. OCLC 993629902.

Artwork: Carol RamaLusinghe (Flattery), 2003, mixed media and engraving on relined paper, 9⅞ x 13¾ inches.

Ex Utero

Found Poem

fourteen goat fetuses

inside plastic bags

artificial amniotic fluid

extra-utero life support

mother goat

pumpless arteriovenous circuit

closed sterile fluid environment

umbilical vascular

blood flow

oxygenator

placental circulation

cannulation

in a dark, warm room

the sounds of the mother's heart


Words borrowed from:

  1. Klass, Perri (29 September 1996). “The Artificial Womb Is Born”The New York TimesISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 May2018.
  2. Partridge, Emily A.; Davey, Marcus G.; Hornick, Matthew A.; McGovern, Patrick E.; Mejaddam, Ali Y.; Vrecenak, Jesse D.; Mesas-Burgos, Carmen; Olive, Aliza; Caskey, Robert C.; Weiland, Theodore R.; Han, Jiancheng; Schupper, Alexander J.; Connelly, James T.; Dysart, Kevin C.; Rychik, Jack; Hedrick, Holly L.; Peranteau, William H.; Flake, Alan W. (25 April 2017). “An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb”Nature Communications8: 15112. Bibcode:2017NatCo…815112Pdoi:10.1038/ncomms15112PMC 5414058PMID 28440792.
  3. “Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies”NPR.org.

Illustration: United States Patent and Trademark Office. https://patents.google.com/patent/US2723660A