One of our six Pushcart nominations, Ocean Vuong’s “Self-Portrait with Exit Wounds,” has won a Pushcart Prize and will be featured in the next Pushcart anthology. The poem first appeared in ASSARACUS ISSUE 08. Congratulations, Ocean!
Britney Spears Watches CNN
and licks the gristle off a drumstick
while photos from a recent earthquake
in Myanmar flash across the television.
Where is Me-and-mart? she asks,
and I don’t know how to tell her
of its complicated political climate,
of the savory rice noodles in fish soup,
repressed people under military regime,
monks, bright robes, and silent prayers.
Or its real name—Burma—and a long
Buddhist history fused with growing
Islamic sentiments. The correspondent
cuts to another story—Britney Spears
at it again! Drugs and sex, just another
night in Beverly Hills for our former
Mouseketeer. Britney grabs a chicken
wing and I don’t know how to tell her,
you can’t believe everything they say.
© D. Gilson from BRIT LIT