Rage with Exactitude (Emily Manger)

Verity La Heightened Talk

not your usual red sleeves-rolled-up angry
a purple angry
angry that wears pearls and lipstick
perhaps a deep maroon
not stamping feet on the floor
but nails on the marble
not kicking over life’s hurdles
but unscrewing them
with a daring laugh
a cutting smile
but no less angry
enraged; furious; livid, even!
makeup cracking,
molars tessellating
cheekbones sliding like ice floes
glacial eyes-flaring
surgically precise
scaldingly enunciated