Man of the West William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) how do you like your blue-eyed boy Mister Death “Portrait VIII” e.e. cummings The hologram wavers in the first room of the museum, a bearded man wearing a grey suit and a white Stetson. He welcomes us to his mausoleum of history, his stagecoach, Wild West posters festooned with his smiling face his buffalo stickpin in a glass case, the most famous showman of the west. This tomb to the afterlife has the booty of the Pharaohs: costumes, jewelry, paeans of praise. The blue-eyed boy memorialized in the name of the city. Look through his transparent image. Listen to the vanished voices behind him. Annie’s Gun Annie Oakley Butler (1860-1926) Sometimes I want a gun. Freud said a woman wants a penis, but only a dick would believe this. A penis is a limp sack of flesh, laughable at times, appealing when rampant, but really, not the raw pack of power that some men seem to think. No, we want a gun. Annie knew this with her customized Lancaster rifle, silver initials on the stock, the gun an extension of her self, obliterating society’s blue glass balls: Orphan, wham! Poor, wham! Female, wham! Flashing the power of the gun, she smashed the signs of imposed identity.
Kat Cameron has published poems in several literary journals, including CV2, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, Room, and The South Dakota Review. Her collection of poetry Strange Labyrinth was published by Oolichan Books in 2015.