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after j.h. & them

i heard you shot your lady down and there was no clap of the bullet. no explosion just her deflating body a sweet whistle gone

i heard you shot your lady down and there was dancing people mistook you for saying get down! as in dance rather than don’t get shot

i heard you shot your lady down and she expanded eyes billowing into the small apartment up the chimney becoming everything and strangely enough not a damn thing at all

i heard you shot your lady down & she liked it [End Page 112] i heard you shot your lady down hands on her hips you shot your lady down chin pressed out your lady down on her knees lady down dead. [End Page 113]

Bettina Judd

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.

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