“I am done being a ‘chill girl’ and think I will become a spectral misandrist banshee instead”

One of our members heard this poem being performed by Cassandra de Alba at an open mic night. This is a powerful piece that really speaks to what we as an organization are exploring this month so please check it out!

I am done being a “chill girl”
and think I will become a spectral misandrist banshee instead

instead of watching another football game

I am going to open my mouth and start shrieking

and maybe I will never stop

I will start taking up seats

on trains I’m not even on

shredding the underwear ads

with my hideously pointed nails

I am going to flap around in a great cloak

that trails behind me for several feet

and if it happens to trip any men

that is Just Too Bad

I am going to haunt all kinds of things

but mostly Xboxes that bored teenage girls

are forced to watch their boyfriends play

and also every frat house where a woman

has ever been raped

so, all of them

and also I am going to haunt

every man who told me my art wasn’t serious enough

or my research wasn’t serious enough

or my no wasn’t serious enough

I am going to haunt all of them

until they die of fright

like the stupid little animals they are

I hope that is serious enough for them

Cassandra de Alba

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