Trifling Bureaucracies

p
o
e
m
s

And how did trifling bureaucracies

lodge such    a vast

root      in me

 

I forget my real vocation

not executive

not my want

like     stepping back into daughterhood

 

rehearsing defiance to empty rooms

the black ball     of the     master’s discontent

regaining consciousness

inside of a bullet

Carmen Giménez Smith is a poetry editor at The Nation and publisher of Noemi Press. She is the author of six collections of poetry including Cruel Futures and Be Recorder (both forthcoming).

You Might Also Enjoy

The Skin Sellers

Stepan Chapman

Dermali was once a tiny nation in the Balkans. It no longer exists. But its culture lives on among the Dermalian-Americans.

stories

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading