DeMisty D. Bellinger
Remember the scene in Gatsby / Daisy sailing shirts through the roomspace / I felt stuffy reading that novel when placed in / Gatsby’s long islanded mansion / Imagine instead: waters outside /
Calm ripples denoting masculinity / Colors and patterns denoting what is manmade / Rigidity of Western men / Dampened, wetted, dowsed / Imagine instead: a baptismal in money / Capitalism mistaken for love / Economy of care / A wealth of undrinkable water / A sea of tightened ties.
DeMisty D. Bellinger’s fiction and poetry have appeared in many places, including Necessary Fiction and Forklift, Ohio. She teaches creative writing, women's studies, and African American Studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.