She Calls

from by Mark Lenover



First, she calls
the squirrels in her head to serve the pricks and tails
of the dogs, that she kicked
as she crossed herself gladly on her knees at the place where her
groveling, broken-down darlings would dream of their place in her bed
or of the stalls, where they’d all
scratched her name gently into the scum on the walls
She calls…
Oh, let’s make a name for her
Let’s make a name for her…
She slowly and carefully
wraps herself round, then she
crushes the life from us
turning us over
She coddles and condescends
spinning end over end
mouthing unspeakable self-exaltations
Her sobbing was meaningless over the phone
but it had devastating effect in person
Such a startling reflex,
such manicured claws
She raised hell from a holiday
just as she promised she would
Oh, let’s make a name for her
Let’s make a name for her…


from Every Time It Rains, released January 27, 2016



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Mark Lenover Hamilton, Ontario

Through a distinctive fusion of folk, rock, theatre and electronica, Mark Lenover critically examines pop culture’s ubiquitous influence, its moral philosophy and the potentially devastating effects of drug abuse and mental illness. His recent work frequently challenges an increasingly pervasive culture of celebrity, self-indulgence, distraction and desire.
Mark currently lives in Chatham, ON.
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