All That Remains-Poems by Katie Manning

The Book of Verbs

 all that remains of Proverbs

listen

my womb

 

do not spend your strength on

kings

 

it is not for kings

 

crave

and

let

be

 

bring

life

like

food

is

food

 

consider

a field and

plant

strong

fingers

 

open

hands

when it snows

 

make

days

 

watch

 

do

not eat

praises

 

The Book of Is

all that remains of Isaiah

heaven is my

foot

 

where is

my hand?

 

the

humble

word

is like one who kills

and

worships

the dead

 

when I spoke

no one listened

 

hear the word of the Lord

 

that noise

is the sound of the Lord

in labor

 

nurse and

drink deeply

like grass

 

the hand of the Lord will be

language

 

the new heavens

dead bodies

that

will not die

 

The Book of Laminate

all that remains of Lamentations

we

mothers

are weary

no more

 

we get

our skin

hot as an oven

violate

princes

with

our

music

 

dancing

has fallen

to us

because of

our hearts

these things our eyes

always forget

 

The Song of Sons

all that remains of Song of Songs

if I found you

I would

drink

the nectar of

head

and

arm

 

wake

mother

place me

over your heart

 

your arm

is

strong as death

unyielding as

love

 

a

breast

is a door

with

a

voice

 

let me hear

 

About The Project: This project began because I was tired of people taking
language from the Bible out of context and using it as a weapon against
other people, so I decided to take language from the Bible out of context
and create art. My process is to use the last chapter from a book of the
Bible as a word bank and write a poem.
Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including *The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. *She has received *The Nassau Review *Author Award for Poetry, and her writing has been published in *Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, PANK, Poet Lore*, and elsewhere. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of *Whale Road Review*, and she is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

Photo By Ana Mendieta 'Mirage', 1974

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