from by 90s Meg Ryan




joseph, cuckold by God
is haunted
She taps on his ear while he is asleep
proposing new schemes to protect her
bouncing baby boy
he moves from the land of judea to
egypt and then to nazareth
teaches a son who looks nothing like him
how to humble his holy hands
pays little attention to the whispers
about mary who glows
in the company of women

BETTINA JUDD is an artist, poet, performer, and visiting assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at The College of William and Mary. She is an alumna of Spelman College and the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her PhD in Women's Studies. Her debut collection of poems PATIENT. won the Hudson Book Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in November 2014.


from The Studded Belt Phenomenon, released June 28, 2015


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90s Meg Ryan Muncie, Indiana

In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
Throughout the next decade, she mesmerized us all.

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