Damned Women

Damned Women
     At the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

by Petra Dai Walech


you cannot recommend my love   to your plaster you cannot just watch us dance and claim to know what our love is like.
were you a creepy old man? fingers itching for your dick? or were you a radical feminist?
these women are meant to be       radical turn heads be                       damned         to where? 


the theater is             the space in  between        navels
abdomens tight         reaching from the pelvis reaching             with plaster   reaching
face turned away from her lover   the woman on the bottom is           listening         to her lover’s             breath in and
out      dust sweeping over her       the earth coming      to be 
as her arm comes    to cup her shoulder
the bodies     mixing into one another
plaster meeting plaster and stone
it is      loud what they          do
press into the crease of knee meeting groin
crash together
wayward        planets
usurp the old gods
fuck like mountains do
the woman on top is
her strong buttocks
facing the sky
body wet and awake to her lover
elbows           pressing arms
up       above
hands a crown in stiff hair
legs long reach out  drive   the stars        into corners
force the spectator to                      become
reclaim their sky
thighs open up          welcome her lover into her
toes pierce the fabric and   burn   
the      signature off the base,
forge a
new    earth.


Petra Dai Walech currently studies education policy and creative writing at University of Wisconsin Madison. She plans on attending law school in the fall of 2019, and will focus on human rights and environmental justice.  Petra's writing focuses on the political body and its relationship to city, space, and history. The short film My Father (2016), set to prose written by Petra and directed by Jean Malek, has shown at Cannes and Sundance film festivals. Born and raised in Minnesota, Petra has had the fortune to live in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Madison. She is a proud lesbian and feminist.