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I Say to You Now

Three poems.

Illustration by Allegra

Illustration by Allegra

I was a poet before I was a screenwriter, but I don’t often mention that—I’ve met with a condescending nod or a roll of the eye once or twice. To some, poetry is an unstructured, schmoopy outpouring of emotion, but I never thought of it that way. To me, poems are mini stories. I had my first one published in a literary journal when I was 18—it was the greatest day of my life; I felt like an actual, real-life poet—and I’ve been writing poetry ever since. “Are You on the R*g?” is a response to a male friend who recently asked me that very question, which I couldn’t believe, except I could, because people have been saying that to dis girls since the beginning of time. “The Kiss” was born out of a fight I had with my boyfriend, and in writing it, I figured out how to forgive him—just because he isn’t perfect doesn’t mean he isn’t perfect for me. And “Pregnant Rock Goddess” was something I’d written for Courtney Love and Frances Bean in 1997, which I dusted off and revisited in honor of Kurt’s birthday this month.

“Are You On the R*g?”

I can’t believe you asked me that.
Obviously you’re jealous
because I’m sharing feelings
you’re too ashamed to share.
You’re jealous
because I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve
when yours is locked up tight.
You’re jealous
because I don’t believe in repressing emotion
like you do—
which, by the way,
has been known to cause cancer.

Isn’t it my right to
break down in tears
in the middle of fourth period
wondering WHY GOD WHY
everything is so awful?
I am a human being
and this is what human beings do.
These are my feelings,
and without them I would be boring
and dull and lifeless
and that’s why
you’re jealous
because you can’t be
more
like me.

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21 Comments

  • litchick February 28th, 2013 3:14 PM

    Beautiful poems!

  • AnaRuiz February 28th, 2013 3:20 PM

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m a sucker for love poems but that last one was amazinggg. And I write poetry too, but I’ve never dared call myself a “poet.” maybe that condescension has something to do with it?

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  • sugarmilz February 28th, 2013 3:23 PM

    Beautiful poems.

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  • kimberleighrc February 28th, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m so happy to see poetry on Rookie. I’d love for there to be a regular installment of new poetry from readers preferably! I write poetry but don’t always feel like a “poet,” per se, so a space for poetry publication would be wonderful.

  • Mary the freak February 28th, 2013 3:49 PM

    Poems on rookie is one of the most beautiful things I can imagine. I love this.

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  • Velvetmary February 28th, 2013 3:53 PM

    These are so beautiful. Each one of them. I love them.

  • soviet_kitsch February 28th, 2013 3:56 PM

    these are beautiful. the last one is my favourite <3

  • Lauren Hartnett February 28th, 2013 4:18 PM

    I really like the poems, they definitely are mini-stories the way Kirsten writes them. I think it would be helpful though to hear about getting published, because I’m going through a time right now where all I can see myself doing in the future is writing, but I have no idea how to submit to literary magazines or becoming slightly known for my words.

  • indaslicht February 28th, 2013 4:24 PM

    what is R*g though

    • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:56 PM

      “rag”. it means to be on your period and I think it has a crude connotation

  • RhiaSnape February 28th, 2013 5:03 PM

    love the second one best, these are awesome

  • limegreensunset February 28th, 2013 5:18 PM

    amazing.

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  • Kennedy February 28th, 2013 5:26 PM

    I love the poems you guys have been posting! Keep it up! <3 I'm always on the look out for interesting poetry.

  • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:58 PM

    Like this is great and all, but I’m always somewhat disappointed when I reach the end of a fiction (yesterday’s was greaat though) or poetry and see that it’s a professional author. I’d like to see more of my peers’ writing or even my own. Maybe April’s theme will inspire me.

  • Jolala February 28th, 2013 6:10 PM

    I LOVE these poems. I want more.

  • StrawberryTwist February 28th, 2013 7:21 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this poetry :) So magical

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  • emilycarolina February 28th, 2013 10:54 PM

    OMG this is amazing! i remember seeing her speak at a rookie event, she’s so cool (: love her and her work!

  • Special_Snowflake March 1st, 2013 12:34 AM

    The last one was really special :)

  • Paulatte March 1st, 2013 7:27 AM

    Wow they are great! especially the last one. She doesn’t even have to explain that her poems are mini stories, it really makes sense when you read them.

  • flocha March 1st, 2013 3:08 PM

    ah all so beautiful but especially liked the last one

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 15th, 2013 12:11 PM

    These are AMAZING! Poetry has never particularly appealed to me but I am very partial to the poems on Rookie. Perhaps it’s time to rethink my opinion.