From Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes. Published by Caitlin Press in 2014. Hamilton is the author of eight books, including two volumes of poetry and two of short fiction.
There are things you can do [to keep your purity], like layering, accessorizing… —Rachel Lee Carter
If I conceive God's child my father will get $500,000 My father instructs me to pray for this fortune he could open a second restaurant a walk-in fridge But the truth is that when I am on my knees I do not pray for God in my womb There is a boy at school who has a laugh like a drum who is good at geography and Spanish I am my father's biggest asset, he says my purity his command I drink water from the bottom rim of the cup I swallow twenty Rolaids my friend says write I am a whore on a piece of paper, crumple it throw it out the window I squirt Coca-Cola up myself When I kneel before the priest at the altar all I ask for is blood