from the mouth of god
(a poem constructed entirely from kanye west quotes)
it’s not about me. it’s about ideas. new ideas.
if i can remove my ego, i will be
the loudest voice. we’re all self-conscious
but people are so scared to lose they don’t even try.
this dark diction has become America’s addiction.
to live and breath every element of life, that’s
what i’m here for. to be
god’s vessel. to be a machine. i’m a
robot. i’m like a tree. i feed the branches
of the people.
sometimes i get emotional over fonts. the vices
in my head told me to. listen,
comparing yourself to someone who has done
so much, that’s a mentality
that suppresses humanity.
listen to the kids bro—art
ain’t always gonna be polite.
Ethan Sturm is a poet, spoken word artist who has showcased his work across multiple continents. A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Sturm spent time studying poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop before moving to Italy last year. His writing can be described as a mixture of honest self expression and witty romanticism.
My father sexually abused me.
When I got married,
I hyphenated my name.
No one questioned it at the time.
But in the middle of my parents’ late divorce,
everyone wants to know about names.
i was depressed,
and i wanted
to take a
you said you'd join me—
didn't mean i wanted
netflix and chill,
it happened before words came
to tell me how to feel about it
newly connected neurons torn apart
forever firing blanks into the microbiological air