Eggs & Sagebrush: An Excerpt from Dani Putney’s ‘Salamat sa Intersectionality

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The Coil
Jun 2 · 3 min read

Poetry by Dani Putney

Image: Okay Donkey Press. (Purchase)

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The baby-blue fabric of his dress shirt reaches past my waist. I feel like a child in his hotel room. He’s in the shower, door slightly cracked, steam escaping. He’s singing AC/DC, I think “Thunderstruck.” Rock these days ain’t like the classics, he told me last night. I walk to the kitchen — I’ve never been in a hotel room with a kitchen. I grab the carton of eggs he bought us, remembering, I always love an omelet the morning after. They’re brown, I think they’re supposed to be healthier. They remind me of his face: crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles. I crack an egg on the edge of a skillet, move to turn on the stove — somebody’s holding my waist. Hey, he whispers, his tongue sliding down my neck. My hands relax, I ease into his kiss. I smell his Irish Spring body wash: All men must smell like this. It’s like he’s tucking me in. But I stop. We don’t have time. Your wife. I push his hands off. He pouts, returns to the bathroom. I turn on the stove, cook his egg.

Nevada

A mustang was shot again,
northward where the desert glows,
mountain dreams flowing along the highway.
Guts decorate a thirsty earth,
flies battling, It’s my flesh, mine.
If a horse is euthanized,
piled into a heap of horses,
does the energy recycle itself?
Blood can’t beget nothingness,
can’t re-create a wasteland
of diseased sand and Bureau of Land
Management conquerors whose bullets
carry the end. Sagebrush grows
where bones sink.

DANI PUTNEY is a queer, non-binary, mixed-race Filipinx & neurodivergent writer. ‘Salamat sa Intersectionality’ (Okay Donkey Press, May 2021) is their debut full-length poetry collection. They received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mississippi University for Women. While not always (physically) there, they permanently reside in the Nevada desert.

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