Love smells like mentholated nicotine and brandy. It hits you when you jump from fear. Asks why you scared?
This is how you learn how to navigate men: Practice stillness as a nuclear bomb. Beat yourself worse than they can. Curse their mothers through bloodied teeth. [End Page 60]
Bettina Judd is a visual and performance artist, poet, and scholar. She is currently a Five College Dissertation Fellow in Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College, a doctoral candidate in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, and an alumna of Spelman College. For more information on Bettina, go to www.bettinajudd.com.