Of All You’ve Had I’ve Been the Best by: Brandon Ghigliotty
Stacked to taste.
my paper dress.
Tear into me.
Tear me in two.
Consume my cake.
I give my life to please you,
my life is not my last.
I stick around to spite you,
in your hips and thighs and ass.
So, this one, like "The Art of Eating" has very blatant sexual undertones. This has kind of interested me lately because i want to make sure my writing is working on multiple levels. Like in this poem, there's the layer of sex, the layer of gluttony, the layer of intimacy or lack there of, the layer of disappointment and moving on. It's multi-faceted. I think that someone can look at this poem and just see sex but then if you look closer you can see this person and their lover left them and there's this frustration that they opened their heart only to be burned. It's like that saying about a woman scorned- this narrator is telling their ex-lover that the lover will never get rid of the memory of them. I love that. This whole layer of subtext is something I've been trying to develop in my train piece. I want the audience to be battling with multiple levels - morality and ethics, self-preservation, survival and instincts, etc etc etc. I think a piece needs to affect you even on levels you aren't aware of in the moment. Like with this I read it and thought about it and didn't even see the emotional intimacy until later. I want my piece to resonate like this one did with me.
Ghigliotty, Brandon. “Of All You’ve Had I’ve Been the Best.” Glyph. 25 (2013): 129. Print. 31 October 201