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Tracy Dimond | Electric Cereal

Author: Tracy Dimond

Tracy Dimond co-curates Ink Press Productions. She is the author of Grind My Bones Into Glitter, Then Swim Through The Shimmer (NAP 2014) and Sorry I Wrote So Many Sad Poems Today (Ink Press 2013). She tweets and tumbles a lot too.

Love Tan

I am romantic like the smell
of clothes draped in crime drama.
Don’t pee in the water,
pee in the woods.

I have a crush on the world,
but it is not treating me well.
If I am an object, I am an
object of your nightmares.

Construction trucks stop in front of me,
then put up the LANE CLOSED sign.
How easily can you crack my spine
and find a way for our bones to touch?

Every poem is a love poem
in which we play a love game.
I want to feel all the tiny steps
of our tanned destruction.

Will you kiss each vertebrae?
We are alone together.
Let’s just have a pillow fight party.
Hurt each other with feathers.

I am going to climb my loft bed
and kiss the spider webs.

Source Tan

Around source emotion
I like to pretend I don’t exist.

Steroids don’t cause depression
American paranoia causes depression.

Public posture: stably unstable.

Not a joke.

Is gas so expensive because of Malaysia?
I just want to be paid to gamble
with other people’s money.


Motorcyclists stop on the highway
to watch the trees.

People are so scary.
They can open or break a heart.

After Rilke

I recommend
zero percent
of my attitudes.

No, I don’t think
this string of bad luck
came from a chain letter
I didn’t send in 1999.

Your schedule will kill you
if you don’t calendar some fun,
so wander Whole Foods
like you can afford $10 granola.

Please, my organic look
is questioned
when I wear neon purple
to a fracking protest.

Why must I change my life?
I have only a few years
until scoliosis gets my posture.