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rome’s got a bro­ken nose rome knows the path through the cat­a­combs be­low paris rome flow­ers rome bath rome lols & laughs @ once rome with the same look in all his pic­tures rome prom­ises what will be­come of my body if i let him in says he’ll play me like a vi­o­lin while he burns rome talks big shit pre­tends to be younger than he is pho­to­shops color on his lips al­ways some­where “ex­otic” rome sends pic­tures of his dick top­pled stone col­umn car­avag­gio limp rome shows up on my doorstep af­ter track­ing my phone’s gps rome’s very ro­man­tic basil­ica filled with spit all traf­fic in­side him emo­jis are rome’s ro­mance lan­guage

he types: wink, an­gel, di­a­mond he types: tongue, prayer, pig when i don’t re­ply he types: knife, woman, skull he types: wolf, gun, toi­let

rome throws up small ci­ties on my front steps rome lifts his skirt & out falls a plague rome scares the neigh­bors you can’t take rome any­where the neigh­bors say the neigh­bors don’t care if rome dies long as flow­ers

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