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MOUTHY

Stevie Edwards

 

                                                                 Fantasy after Watching Teeth (2007)

Men come to me with their ugly
                                                                 ploughing & I shout, Hail
                 to the weed-wacker, Motherfucker.
                                                                 O yes, O I need the red, O my poor
dizzy head, O it spins, it spins me.
                                                                 I am such a wretch without my iron
                 supplements. I find men's sausages
                                                                 make the best lozenges.
I didn't understand it at first.
                                                                 I've always been a picky eater
                                    fed cabbage & radishes
                 to the family corgi
                                                                 & sulked to sleep with a rumble
in my tummy. My second mouth can't help  
                                                                 but gnash ravenous
                 at the sight of a good, plump
                                                     kielbasa. Hunger shepherds
every animal. Tell me something
                                                     Dumpling, have you deserved
                 all the sugar plums & arabesques
                                                                 you've devoured? Have you
ever snuck into the kitchen, licked
                                                     fresh batter from an unpatrolled
                 spoon without asking the baker
                                                                 if she'd like to share?

 

 

 

 

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"Mouthy" was written after watching the film Teeth, a darkly comedic horror film involving a woman who discovers she has vagina dentata. While being sexually assaulted, the protagonist bites off the penis of her assailant using her second mouth. I was drawn to the movie as an outlet of feminine rage and as a revenge fantasy against patriarchal violence. This piece does not strictly follow the movie, however: it is a revenge fantasy inspired by watching the film.