Poem: Woman Interrupted

I wrote this poem after January 21, 2017. I performed it at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, May 6th, 2017.

Woman Interrupted

 

A thousand men in cheap toupees

wave blue dresses

rippling and undulating like patriotism

stained and soiled with falsehoods

lock her up, lock her up, lock her up

they chant boisterously

 

One blonde woman in sensible shoes

stands at a podium

lips twitching from strain

shoulders slumped, knees buckling

under red, white and blue weight

senator, secretary, sweaty salvation

birthing encumbrances

she carries the burden of every woman

 

Five hundred thousand women in white pant suits

swallow up concrete space

labia-pink knitted hats nod and wink

clever slogans bob up and down like bouys

marching clits, screaming vulvas and singing snatches

snake fluidly through city streets

 

A thousand brown women in mini skirts

look to the ceiling

scramble up the blond hair rungs

of a deteriorating D.C. ladder

heaving cleavages squashed against glass

red-tape lipstick smeared across transparency

 

One middle-aged woman in a black pant suit

flashes dejected pearly whites

five hundred thousand deferred dreams

tumble from her shoulders

into putrid puddles of complacency

suicidal bravado slices

into dead air silently

woman rupture, woman interrupted

Author: rosemarymezadesplas

Farmington, NM-based Latina artist, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is known for exploring gender, sexuality, and identity issues through hand-sewn human hair drawings, watercolors and on-site drawing installations. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from The University of North Texas. Ms. Meza-DesPlas has been sewing with her own hair since 2000. Her decision to collect and sort hair to utilize as a vehicle for making art is informed by socio-cultural symbolism, feminism, body image, and religious symbolism. An article on her hand-sewn human hair drawings was featured in the Huffington Post Arts & Culture section in 2015. Meza-DesPlas’ most recent drawings incorporate her gray hair. In 2019, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas was featured in Santa Fe, NM’s the/magazine as “12 Artists in New Mexico to Know Now”. Ms. Meza-DesPlas parallels the themes in her artwork with the written word and spoken word performances. In 2018, she presented the academic paper Reclaiming the Tool of Anger: Year of the Angry Women at the 9th International Conference of the Image in Hong Kong. Ms. Meza-DesPlas’ recent spoken word performances were at the Feminist Art Conference, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada; Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM; ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL and the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO.

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