Sunday, June 10, 2007

Poem #161 of 365

Rupert is no longer a fat fuck,
not that i ever thought he was--
so many tape recorded
messages to play in our heads,
but he doesn't have to
rewind anymore.

Oscar Wao is the fat fuck,
a fictitious ghetto nerd
who never gets the girls,
Junot Diaz introduced me
to him, and now i say wow
to Wao.

Ugly Betty is the hideous
hispanic that's inverting
beauty on the tv screen,
you wanna root for her
and see her smile, and
fast forward to her
winning day.

I wanna be the brainy barrio babe,
with a crooked smile and
a Buddhist limp, no lie
here, i don't mind a label
just don't expect me ever
spread out on a table.

Booty lies in the bed
of the beerholder.

(with props to J.Diaz on his forthcoming--Riverhead Books, Sept.2007--first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which i'm reading in "uncorrected proof" form at this time)

copyright 2007 tammy melody gomez

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