Kinky Keeps the House Clean · Mari Deweese

Kinky Keeps the House Clean · Mari Deweese

Meet Kinky at the intersection of domesticity and eroticism, the sacred crossroads of American womanhood. There’s more dirt than you think in Kinky’s house and it’s worth the effort to help her uncover it. This is a hilarious and illuminating, dark and beautiful, subversive and honest collection of intimate poetry. It’s well worth the time to make Kinky’s acquaintance.
Julie Carpenter, author of Whistlestop Stories


Excerpts from Kinky Keeps the House Clean

I swear, if you liked me on my knees half as much as you blather about, you’d let me get back to cleaning these gross-ass grout lines.


You can’t make me,
you won’t 
make me fall in love. 
That is all the preface
you will get.

I know. I know the way
a breath turns into 
bubbles, becomes laughter
in the bloodstream 
of the golden sort, a bell
singing over hills, lava
bursting through blackened 
cracks, unrepentant 
in downward resolution
burning slowly, vegetation 
catching fire.

And if you made me
coffee and brought me breakfast
in bed, I’d glow,
I’ll admit it, all
cozy-fluttery, sheepish smile,
sleep-pink lips upon you
shining. Then I’d think,
why is the fan off? 
and kick
out of the blanket nest
I’d built 
cuz it’s too stifling 
to even fucking breathe.


I see now that blue squills and daffodils are enough to cut the string that has held this broken kite to earth for too long, and today, I am lovely.

I don’t need to be clean.


Mari Deweese

Mari Deweese lives outside of Memphis, and dreams of a place with an actual autumn. When she is not busy with that and other similarly useless pursuits, she is probably writing, thinking about writing, or cleaning the kitchen.


Copyright © 2017 Mari Deweese

Cover photograph from the collection of Lauren Leja

ISBN 978-0-692-83008-6

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal.


Order Kinky Keeps the House Clean on Amazon,

through your local independent bookstore,

or direct from Nixes Mate via PayPal $10.00 + shipping