Sometimes instead of action
The website on methods instructs
pain free are the holy grail
and proceeds to rate each of the most popular
for lethality, time, agony.
Cutting your wrists--
6% effective but dials in at 71
on the pain scale. The images in my head--
mischievous, misleading, disingenuous.
Rationality requires smooth wrist
Charcoal burning reports Wikipedia
is relatively painless and lethal.
A species of carbon monoxide poisoning,
it is not featured separately on the methods site,
but carbon monoxide in general is 71% effective
and rates only 18 in agony. Wouldn’t it be nostalgic?
A little hibachi in the house–summery whiffs
rise and fill your nostrils. Red-orange glow
but acting it out takes wherewithal verve doggedness--
not just to end
but to hurt.
And, only 1 in 26
25 out of 26
Ann Tweedy's first full-length book, The Body's Alphabet, was published by Headmistress Press in 2016. It earned a Bisexual Book Award in Poetry and was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and for a Golden Crown Literary Society Award. Ann also has published three chapbooks, the first of which was reissued by Seven Kitchens Press in April 2020. Her latest chapbook, A Registry of Survival, was published by Last Word Press in December 2020. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Literary Mama, Clackamas Literary Review, and elsewhere, and she has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Net Awards. A law professor by day, Ann has devoted her career to serving Native Tribes. In 2020, she moved from Washington State to South Dakota to join the faculty at University of South Dakota School of Law. Read more about her at www.anntweedy.com.