Hamburger Lady – Genelle Chaconas

Shiver internal shriek struggle strangled under rag dipped in gasoline shoved in your gutter sonic trill throat masking plastic wrapped taped wrist ankles mouth the grease flood flows nightmare pain cocoon your newborn skin now pupae regrowth morphine flesh under wraps still awake enough to remember the match still awake.


Genelle Chaconas is queer, feminist, genderfluid, an abuse survivor, and proud. They earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in 2015. Their first chapbook is Fallout, Saints and Dirty Pictures (little m press, 2011). They experiment with compressed writing to see what shape evolves. They love industrial music and Throbbing Gristle, especially “Hamburger Lady”; the grisly lyrics, warped vocals, sound effects and found text, and jarring synthesizer make this song memorably unnerving.

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