Author Archives: Joanna C. Valente

About Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (forthcoming 2017, Agape Editions). She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of her writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. She has lead workshops at Brooklyn Poets.

Three Poems – Joanna C. Valente


Only Assholes Live in Brooklyn

We look at photographs	of French bulldogs
b/c we are bored &	  it is midnight	   &	we don't cry when we're sad.

I’m here to make you lonely
in the drain of my shower	a child’s heart
is clogged	       like a bad decision          	I swallow it.

Water drifts		    my pubic hairs in a crooked line	
                      each hair will be shaved
never to know yr name   	      yr body will do 
most of the work.

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