Mars Vigila

_____Martians don’t masturbate. No
_____pinch or stroke. No intoxicants
of booze spiked. No Viagra.

_____No eye-popping size. No static
_____crackle from shirt removed. No
_____cry to drift through open window.

_____No electric glow of clock light
_____to illuminate small green hands
at work. Martians are not bound

by purity law. No mandatory
_____ingestion of mild food. No bodies
_____pinned by belts and straps to stop

_____slow touch. No. Martians don’t
_____release, let go. They yearn
_____for only one: Mars, their god of war.

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Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of American Galactic (Martian Lit, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins, as well as two letterpress books, and eight chapbooks, including Spindrift (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, and Feminist Studies.

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