I Despise You


I despise you, simply put. No more, no
Less. I think my life will be greatly—so
Greatly—enhanced when you’ve dropped dead that I
Find myself daydreaming of how you’ll die.
A car crash, bone cancer, a glancing blow
To the temple by someone else I know
Who hates you as much as I do, merlot
And downers, a gunshot, a stabbing. Why?
I despise you.
You are a pig, a cow, a black widow,
A viper. Self-centered, self-serving, low
And grasping in mind and deed. A horsefly
Feeding on the sweat of others. I sigh
And think about you every day, although
I despise you. 

Primarily a formalist poet, Juleigh Howard-Hobson (born 1963 in England) has simultaneously written literary fiction, genre work, non-fiction essays and articles, purposely blunting the modern 'brandable' concept of artistic obligation to any single form or movement. Recognition for her poetry spans decades, from the 1980 ANZAC Day Award (under her maiden name Juleigh Howard-Hunt) to nominations for both Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Individual poems have appeared in scores of venues, across the globe, including The Lyric, Candelabrum, Able Muse, The Flea, Flipside Magazine, Qarrtsiluni, Autonom, Mezzo Cammin, The Chimaera, Fourteen Magazine, New Witch, The Raintown Review, Hip Mama Magazine, Mobius, Hex Magazine, 14 by 14,  The Hyper Texts, The Barefoot Muse, Umbrella, Poemeleon, Soundzine, Caduceus: The Poets at Art Place Vol 8 (Yale University), 2008 Poets' Guide To New Hampshire (NH State Poetry Society), The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press), The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought (Heithin Publishing), Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings With A Sicilian Accent; Legas Sicilian Series Vol XIX (Legas) and many other places. Her first chapbook, Sommer and Other Poems (RavensHalla Arts Pub. March 2007), sold out its first edition and is to be reissued in the spring of 2012. Her second chapbook, The Cycle of Nine, is forthcoming with the same publisher. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor at Able Muse. An interview with her may be found here: http://www.poemeleon.org/poemeleon-the-blog/2011/4/23/the-habitual-poet-juleigh-howard-hobson.html