Emma Johnson-Rivard

A Babydyke's Primer to Slasher Films The first and only thing to know;all the women you meet are hungrythough only the bad ones go cannibal.The survivors shed clothes, take knivesbleed to the boneTurn, thendevour out of spite. Do you love? You will die.Don't love. If you love regardlessSever, childand find yourselfFull of teeth. The Language of The Outsider Part one: identificationknowing Other, thenyourself The shapes used to trackgo both ways Next: understandthere are two ways to sufferpain from hunger orpain from truth The poet is not a martyr if she starvesor a hero if she bleeds Third: martyrs die. Who knows what they think? Forth: the poet chooses more than words. Finally: the body is temporary.The world in fluxbut the word, oh The word is eternal. Emma Johnson-Rivard is a Masters student at Hamline University. She received her undergraduate degree in Film Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and currently lives in Minnesota with her dogs and far too many books. Her work has appeared in Mistake House, the Olive Press, and the Santa Ana River Review.