August 3, 2016
LGBTQ Poets Respond to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
(n.) 1: a musical beat or other regular rhythm.
As in: nightclub. As in: bass notes
strobing through a tumult of bodies
that throng together in dance.
(n.) 2: a single vibration or short burst of sound, electric current,
light, or any other wave. See also: science fiction, where an adjective
form often precedes the noun "rifle." In Aliens, Ripley
uses a pulse rifle to protect a child from a Xenomorph. In real life,
people claim to use these weapons to defend children.
In real life, people aren't shooting at Xenomorphs.
(n.) 3: each successive throb of the arteries or the heart.
Fact: every person dies. Fact: some people die faster
than others. Fact: the finger throttling the trigger
is built the same as the fingers splayed over a naked
heart struggling to beat.
(v. intr.): to exhibit a pulse. There is no pulse.
(n.) 4: the rhythmic recurrence of strokes, vibrations,
or undulations. Keyword: recurrence. As in: a return
to a previous condition or habit. As in: more blood
mottling more public floors & walls & windowpanes.
As in: our blood.
As in: stop this.
As in: help us.
Emily Rose Cole is a poet and lyricist originally from Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Cincinnati. Her work has appeared most recently in Sycamore Review, So to Speak, BOAAT Journal, and Yemassee.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published weekly by Glass Poetry Press.
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