Poetry

Mansplaining Oracle

Caki Wilkinson

Hey you, untrue god, fiscal man,
futile man, sour young cad; hey,
yahoo, seducer, family gun nut,
guru of Man Island, etc.; hey you,
if you’re glued to any such man,
any moody cause, fueling hurt;
if you’re unduly chaste among
angels you unmatched; if your
augury only comes haunted; if
you can feel your humid angst
unfolding each year: YOU MUST
FACE YOUR UNHOLY MAGNITUDES,
AND YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be, which won the Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems, which won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award.
Originally published:
July 1, 2018

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