by Desi Valentinova / Ulpia

Some girls

Some girls don’t ever
Get started up by hugs
They start from words
They start early, but slow
They go from whispers and winds
To throbbing and thinking
From striving and touching
To hugging and patching
From dreaming and brewing
To kissing and wooing
From sweat and a shiver
To rain and a river.


Pissing Annie

Pissing Annie sat along
Asking me if I was wrong
Is my stamen* all too long
Did I ever ding and dong
Have I ever used a bong
Am I like King Kong

Sitting here you’ll never see
Asking, never touching me
Swinging gently from a tree
Too tall, climbed up to be
Flying like a little bee
Flowerless and free.


*The stamen (plural stamina or stamens) is the pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower.

BIOGRAPHY

My name is Desislava Valentinova and I call myself Ulpia, Latin for “single she-wolf”. I am inspired by my loneliness, urban spaces, rural spaces, the past of my own city, Sofia, and its medieval name Ulpia Serdika. I was born by a mother who belongs in the city and a provincial father. I define my parents in these ways, as these definitions are relevant to the socio-cultural rhythm of the contemporary Bulgarian society.

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