women in movie fight scenes


perhaps there is a city somewhere, an island
nation, to which all the nameless women characters
are exiled when their husbands and brothers and
fathers are invited to fight on camera, similarly un-
important, yet infinitely more visible

where are the women?

millions, just outside the frame, waiting, killing
each other for a single role in a single film in
a single shot,

as male directors and producers and writers wait for
the carnage to end, for their battle-torn she-
warrior to emerge from the chaos they have created

Christine M. Hopkins is a journalism student at Iowa State University, where she serves on the editorial board of the literary magazineSketch. Her poetry has appeared in and/or. Follow her on Twitter @christineiniowa.