Crawlspace by A. Gilliam

Born at the foot of the Alamo and raised in New Orleans, ALEXANDRA GILLIAM earned her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. She is the author of chapbook “Femmesturary” (dancing girl press, 2016). Visit her here.



be hair, cup up,
your mouth,
eyes, burning on water,
sweets, sweet water,

bodies lipped water

bodies out your mouth

lip on god’s back

Be island
Be glass
Be a man with his hands up

mattress between two bodies

Exhaust broken down speech

underwear pinched
between toes

lull Y2K
lull yarn
lull yards
lull young
lull yes

lull it all back

Cockfight, nails singing sand just art burning air—
I –only-need-to-feed-my-child-god-stop
Dream me up and spit me out this new head
something like unraveling


forget what you know—levee breath—pavement fallen-—drowning
eye—water rip glass—I am sinking your hand—swallowing hymns— hang it in the middle —pull sound out of the kitchen—bundle roof over your shoulder—make shift religion—rattle coins down the hallway— water high

tell me how you really feel—blue—no wet bones—no bird song—handful of sun—hold my foot against the pavement—white flowers embroidered flag—to overflow—to go daughter in the head— mirror high— wave like cool—swollen from water —spellbound—jazz on skillet—magnolia right after it opens—rain on a pedal—call me bathroom graffiti—catch air—
snow milk—make a lake your hands— to go to her— speak

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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