Author’s statement: In the summer of 2012, M.A, Vizsolyi visited Ronnie Yates in Houston, Texas, where it was hot as a mofo. They took walks beneath the live oaks, sweated their asses off, and at night, on the roof of Nick Flynn’s apartment (Nick was away in Paris), they began a collaboration tentatively titled, “It’d be a little cooler not to Rock This,” from which this poem is taken.
Houston Poem 26
there were boys around her
that does suck
i agree with that
talk about that grief
i would have been like ‘whoa’
morality is a bitch
morality will grind your ass
it will fucking stripe your ass
it’s a cat of nine tails
that’s a legion of decency
oh my shit
that’s like scarlet letter styles
that’s like dragging that girl by the hair
i don’t think that’s what one should do
i don’t think that’s what one should give one’s energies to
M.A. Vizsolyi’s first book of poems, The Lamp with Wings, was a National Poetry Series selection. His poems have recently appeared in the journals Ploughshares, Tuesday: An Art Project, Ninth Letter, and BOMB. He currently rocks it in Brooklyn.
Ronnie Yates‘ poems have appeared in Ploughshares, POOL, and Colorado Review. His manuscript, Inconsolable Garden, was a finalist for the 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. He is currently rockin’ it in Houston, Texas.