Corinne A. Schneider

After Spider Dance

La Tarantella is a southern Italian ecstatic folk dance, traditionally performed by lower class women, midwives, eccentrics and others at the margins. Groups of couples now perform it at weddings.

I started seeing scratches under women’s eyes
          Some of the women
          tired from too much seeing
          scratches & their absence of inner thigh
Spider curled in a white rose
Animal souls          cut flowers          a raindrop
a buzzing          Why don’t you
just break my neck already?

Tiger lily          How many calories?    
Maybe twenty
gilding the lily          Brushing my hair is
a mutilation       Well, of course you engender
sexual obsession in others,
your many lovers
       That’s why you
could never cohabitate, you’d run out
of little outfits

Mosquitos finally come a callin’ this summer  
Baby bok choy bolting
          up the center          Fuck those white sheets          police helicopter
          star of the sea
You can get into a rhythm
Eyes on everything
Season of lightness
Taking your dreams away

After Spider Dance, II

Are you
a weaver like me?
Maybe you could heal me       Feed me nuts & berries
lichen tincture
essential medicine
so my bones grow  
I can tie
my bones together       I know how
to mate fully without bearing children
copious and empty
Smile at me at la clinica
I’m drunk enough now
to tell you about Rochelle
my across-the-street 2nd grade neighbor
whose mother was always away
Rochelle taught me how to masturbate
in the basement by straddling inflatable pool toys
Her mother’s face in the gold hand mirror
in the dark peach bedroom
looking away  
This is the thing
about not ever needing anyone  
all your secrets are your own
Watch them
bead up like dew



Corinne A. Schneider is a working poet from the Great Lakes / Rust Belt of the US. She writes poems, essays and other ephemera from the House of Sex, Death & Taxes. Her work has recently appeared in Bone Bouquet, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Coldfront Mag, and So to Speak.  She lives in Washington, DC with her cats and partner and writes about international solar energy markets for a living.  

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