Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

C. KubAsta

Them & Us & We

If you were my sister we would know each other beneath the skin as wishes of our father the
acquiescence of our mother or the reverse who is to know what happens in darkened rooms in
lightened rooms in rooms that are not rooms before we are born

If you were my sister we would know each other only by the way others know us through our
most visible layer and even if not kin or kind the world would name us such

If you were my sister we would love the same way or the same way others named it a love
distinguished by lack by touch the touch always the same as if there is only one way my kind
makes this love

If you were my sister we would live without too much wanting too much having or the men we
call father would bring down the word which is the only word that ever matters

and I would mark my body with the mark of your body to say to the world that we are sisters

and you would repay my questions with the kindness of questions

so that it seems again we may wear this body in common

and these bodies would not be only a snapshot series of a hall light falling on nakedness a dark
rustling the smell of charcoal like an artist's fingers must smell after making furious gestures

and I would not misspeak with the easy pronouns of us and them and you and I

If we were sisters and said "sister" to each other we would ask what kind of sister do you mean
what are you saying what are you calling me who are you to call me sister

C. Kubasta is the author of the chapbooks, A Lovely Box and &s, and a full-length collection, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX, 2015). Her next book, Of Covenants, is forthcoming from Whitepoint Press in 2017. She is active with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and serves as Assistant Poetry editor with Brain Mill Press. She thinks poetry, like humor, porn, & horror, should be a body genre. Find her at