WRECK PARK

Art By Omid Shekari

EMILY
BRANDT

SAFE SPACE


I use my calm voice.
I use my calm voice with children.
I train to detach from emotion, exert power
in form of self-denial and denial of others
in form of resistance to softness
in form of military masculinity
that can erupt at any moment as rage.
I use my calm voice and it has been used unto me.

Search how Freud researched defenses.
When he studied defenses, he studied
men. Search redirection in place
of control. Men believe anything men say.
What other ideas are true?
I make a collage using my calm voice.
I tell a story using my calm voice.
In it, every single thing that is done is done by men
made by men
said by men
and every single one who is fucked is fucked by men.

I tell a story using my calm voice.
In it, Narcissus sees his reflection and statues
his head and his body and nobody cares
so the story drifts on a raft, sinks.
I tell a story using my calm voice.
In it, I project enough of everything for everyone.
Ego rests, resigns.
In it, we all walk on water, then dive, synchronized.