Game Enjambment is a reoccurring poetry series on games and gaming.
There is an oddness to being a woman and playing video games with male protagonists who propagate violence against women. This is especially unsettling when we traverse to Silent Hill 2, a game that uses trauma and violence against women to explore male mental health.
i wish i could convene and battle my ills in a smoky town.
i keep asking myself, is it a joke that all the violence is violence against women
and all the violence i perpetrate is violence against myself
how many times do i need to play a man hurting a woman
how many times do i need to relive a man hurting a woman
i wonder what silent hill looks like for women?
(not every monster needs to be fetus related)
all my ills are man shaped
that fog isn’t too far
i’ve been silent for a while.
Read the rest of the Game Enjambment series.
Ashley Miranda is a Guatemalan/Mexican poet & teacher from Chicago. Her debut poetry collection Thirteen Jars: How Xt’actani Learned to Speak was published by Another New Calligraphy. Her chapbook dolores in spanish is pain, dolores in lolita is a girl is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press. She tweets impulsive poetry and other musings @dustwhispers and you can learn more about her work at agirlaloof.com.