By Laura Warman
They ask me if I owe them anything and I calculate all our interactions and the times they have hurt me against the times I have hurt them and determine we are even.
the girls body is the public body the girl is the purchaser as a girl I
The main problem now with society is we aren’t able to think as a collective. We continually convince ourselves and each other that we are individuals and we are making these choices as individuals.
daddy gave me my credit score
I am walking down the street in San Fransisco and four children on the sidewalk are picking up pieces of broken glass and throwing them at each other
If we could see ourselves as a collective we could begin to form a future where we weren’t Freelancers or Adjuncts and we would All Make More Money.
he touched me and I let him because I knew my body wasn't my body And would never be my body the girl
Tonight I will watch a film Tonight I will go to the grocery store
There is a grocery store called whole foods
There is a grocery store called trader joes
There is a grocery store called stop and shop
And I go there and I buy that and I like it
the girls body is the plastic body
you believe in me because of my credit score
we applaud Corporation for risk taking we Return their assets when they disappear
We reward productivity
I’m working on Myself
I am doing Work I am taking some time for Me
I am nothing and i am working towards nothing
time becomes something that we choose
that we can give away that can become owned
He said he flirts with everyone, even dogs, so I shouldn’t take it personally that he flirted with me and didn’t want me.
The STI is almost gone, the baby is gone.
The creditor/ debtor relation is one based on time.
I will go to the gym.
I will run on the elliptical for 30 minutes
I will do the abductor for ten minutes
I will do the bike for 20 minutes
You believe in my credit score
You believe in me
I am always either on a date or getting ready for a date. As if I could ever be Off The Market.
my boyfriend and i exchanged social security numbers
his was not like mine at all he wanted me to have it so i could remember it
I was used to having a boyfriend steal my identity until they actually stole my identity the passionate nature of money makes boyfriend take out accounts in my name makes him acquire debt for me makes him smile makes new girlfriend receive presents from me credit is about desire, power is about fortitude if he has faith in me he will act towards me
and i know something about faith
It’s Easter and I walk to another date. We meet at the coffee shop. I walk past the church and the doors open. People in pastel pour out. I hear a noise so foreign; a cry. I look through the crowd and see a baby lamb on a leash.
Christianity gave us the infinite
Jesus gave us the idea of a repayment plan
Jesus sacrificed himself for our debt
The Original Scale is The Body
We place the poison everywhere and the ants quickly find it and drink and drink
I am at the lecture and everyone is asking questions that aren’t questions. I raise my hand and say “What does the future look like for people without the Internet?” and the lecturer says “Very bleak, more poverty is guaranteed. More dichotomy. More suffering.”
The metaphoric violence was at first easy to ignore
Everyone gets followed down the street
in the dark
after the bar
everyone gets told to smile and smiles
Commodification requires a clear sign in the signifier/ signified relationship
Okay, this is a poem about My Body
This is a poem about my interactions with capital
This is a poem about The Boyfriend
I will make this concrete so we can consume it
till it leaves
till it becomes Absence
This is not art this is money sorry
Representation is Ownership He touches my shoulder and I let him because he has more power than me.
And you do it again. And you do it again. And I let you do it again.
Originally published at Ruth Stone Foundation.