Red Herring Leather Boots: ‘Gabriella Versacci’

      for JoXXX XXXwart



(i)
                     (174, 175, 176)

Gabriella Versacci was making spaghetti


                  in the grasp of patriarchal capitalism


when a sharp rap

made her

                  △ jump △

                  the thirty-three year old
                  “housewife”

in the ten years since
since she & her partner
had  ▽ landed ▽

had always been in
great demand

------------------------------------------------------

      suddenly

      the car seemed to lose
      power,
      the headlamps
      flickered


      & cut out


        ... metaphor for creative processes #840 ...


      then the engine splut        tered      (/t3:d/)

      & fell silent

      but when the Mini came to a stop
      a metallic hand came down on her
      left shoulder
      made Gabriella face
      her assailant,
      gibbering

      &
      - one word -
      crashed

                                   Roswell, New Mexico

      around
      her fainting brain:

      “ROBOT”



(ii)
                     (176, 177)

      she finds
      herself

      in a circular

      room

      strapped
      naked

      except for
      her red

                                               herring

      leather
      boots

      to a table

      & wonders
      who has undressed
      her

                                    single malt whisky

            wrists                bound to the table
            spread-eagled legs    bound to the table
            ankles                bound to the table


            while the robot
            stands inactive
            by a blank
            wall

... metaphor for P.S. #564(a) ...



(iii)
                     (176, 178)

                  noticing her
                  frequent glances
                  toward the
                  metal Mickey man

                  one of the
                  beings
                  with numerous, disappointing
                  typos
                  & persistent
                  grammatical & other errors
                  says

                  that it is a
                  trained device
                  that does
                  all the manual
                  work, merely a
                  non-thinking intelligence
                  that is programmed
                  for certain tasks

                  ... metaphor for P.S. #564(b) ...

                         ---

                  a thin pencil-
                  like probe
                  prods
                  & a large black
                  //
                  rubber suction device
                  is used on the area

                                             fifty-one

                        around her groin



(iii)
                     (178, 179)

                        it

                                               Mickey?

                        lifts
                        the end
                        of the blanket
                        from the bottom
                        & stares at
                        her

                                   hairs, long & black

                        body

                        there is no visible
                        emotion
                        in its
                        ______
       
                        its                           
                        ______
                        boring
                        into her

                        she struggles
                        with her bonds

                          i) of patriarchal femininity
                                         ii) of iron y

                                             she pulls
                                           & she bucks
                          & she XXXXXX at her moorings


                        she tries to            scream

                                      “bit.ly/2rKvW1q”

                        she tries to            cry
                        she tries to            vomit

                        but can’t, it is

                                                    no

                        good

                                & she remains tethered


(cf.: un-ditto, 3.2,
I know you are
reading me(,) over)

                                         to her social

                        the altar
                        the table


                        & then it places

                                            the lotion
                                         in the basket

                        (&) a small
                        pin on
                        her thigh & Gabriella
                        immediately
                        stops struggling

                                       interpellated 
                                        interpolated 

you
think in the words
that I taught
you

                                    and my profit on’t
                                        is, I know how
                                              to curse



(iv)
                     (179)

                              the
                              pin device
                              causes

                              paralysis, numbing:
                              she feels no pain

I am quite sure
Porphyria Gabriella feels
no                  pain

                              but it climbs
                              slowly
                              on to the bottom
                              of the bedOh my God,” she
                              thinks, “XX XX raping
                              XX”.

                              she feels
                                    → its every move
                              she feels
                                    → sick at its cold
                                    → alien touch

                                    her partner
                                    her daughters
                                    her sick friend in
                                          → Wellington
                                          → (q.v.)
                                    what would they “ ”
                                          → of this
                                          → she?



(v)
                     (179)

                                          when it
                                          finishes
                                          it slowly
                                          climbs

                                          back off



                                          she is not
                                                 → aware
                                          of it having
                                          had an
                                          ...
                                          emission
                                          ...
                                          but it
                                          is not beyond
                                          possibility


                          that
                       she might
                    ↙             ↘

                  rust          become
                               pregnant
                                   ↓

                                will the
                               child be an
                                 alien

                                   ?

                                  how
                                will she
                                  tell
                           ↙        ↓       ↘

                   her             the            more
                 partner        Registrar       generally
                                of Births,
                                 Deaths &
                                Marriages

                            --- 

(CODING: DSM-5 297.1, FREQUENT SPOUSAL VIOLENCE IN, V.
DOI: 10.9734/INDJ/2016/22583; “WARNING, WILL ROBINSON!
                      WARNING!”)

 

 


Works cited

Nagaitis, Carl & Phillip Mantle. (1994). Without Consent: A Comprehensive Study of Missing Time and Abduction Phenomena in the United Kingdom. Poynton, Ches.: Ringpull Press.

 

 

Clay Thistleton has previously appeared at Unlikely Stories as a character in John Bryan's epic Love has been Liquidated. Clay has taught creative writing and literary studies in universities, community colleges and not-for-profit organisations for almost two decades. His book of found poetry on real cases of ghosts and poltergeists that have the ability to speak or write, Gef the Talking Mongoose and Other ... Poems, will be published in 2017. Along with his son Dylan, Clay lives in New South Wales, Australia with a fluctuating number of feral cats.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 20:44