I'm an adult so I'm allowed to watch
as many horror films as I choose.
Some people say that has a bad effect on my brain.
I do sometimes have violent dreams, but
the last disturbing dream I had based on a movie
was re-seeing the rape scene from Boys Don't Cry,
which was based on a real life hate crime.
Sometimes I like some extremity in movies and art
because I can turn them off, turn them back on,
re-interpret them, revise them, re-analyze them,
do whatever I want with them.
Other times I can't control
what my own mind sees
or what happens to me.
Sometimes my mind exaggerates things.
Other times it blocks things out.
Sometimes my brain cells discharge
uncontrolled electrical activity.
Sometimes it's not up to me.
When it is, I'll watch whatever I want to,
whether it's based on real life or exaggerated make believe.
I know what's starting to happen.
I've heard this before, this wooshing
inside my brain as the room disappears.
I sit down on the floor and shut my eyes.
Then I'm suddenly back up on my feet
and confused about what day it is,
what time it is, what I was doing,
how long my seizure lasted and why
I wrote a bunch of people's names
on a sheet of paper. Why I rearranged
rows of clothes in my closet and piled
rows of books in front of a suitcase.
I don't remember doing any of this.
I don't remember where I thought I was going to go.
I do remember who I am though.
Demolished flesh that nobody wants to look at.
Least of all me.
Shaking around out of control,
groaning a low guttural moan
that dries into a hiss.
Acidic vomit drips
from a vulture's mouth. Clotted
saliva is mixed up with blood then rots.
The good parts get eaten up and shit out.
Haggard Hooded vulture woman
with nothing better to do than grunt and swallow
her own semi-digested dead heart.
Cook's first full-length individual poetry book, “Horrific Confection", was published by BlazeVOX. She's also included in a full-length collaborative poetry book, "A Red Witch, Every Which Way", with j/j hastain, published by Hysterical Books in 2016. Her most recent full-length individual poetry book, "Malformed Confetti" was published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2018.
Cook also sometimes creates abstract painting collage art hybrid creatures.
Find out more at www.JulietCook.weebly.com.