1. My father hated him.
2. So his best friend, J.R., picked me up. Shook my daddy’s hand at the door.
    Promised me back by midnight.
3. Daddy thought I was obedient, a good girl.
4. It was hot, even for August.
5. J.R.’s parents were in Vegas, so he loaned us their bedroom.
    5a) They had a king-sized bed.
6. Diana Ross and the Supremes were singing Baby Love.
7. J.R. watched cartoons in the den.
8. Michael’s middle finger furrowed between my thighs.
9. I felt that familiar wetness.
10. Except it wasn’t my finger.
11. I remembered where I was and closed my eyes.
12. He pulled down my panties.
13. Pushed up my skirt.
14. No one had put their lips down there before.
15. No one.
16. It felt delicious.
17. I hoped he liked my scent.
18. There were lilies on the nightstand.
19. “Your hair smells so good,” he mumbled.
20. He was holding his cock while he licked me.
21. I had never come before.
       21a) Not like that.
22. It was then I knew I loved him.
23. He tasted like me.
24. His dick grew too big for my mouth.
25. When he entered me, it didn’t hurt.
26. I thought you were a virgin,” he said.
27. I thought of the dildo that pleasured me in secret.
28. “Horseback riding,” I said.
29. When the rubber broke, he promised he wouldn’t come inside me.
30. He promised.

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Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER has work published in over 200 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, The MacGuffin, Plume, Duende, Tinderbox, Diode, Nashville Review, Rust + Moth, Nasty Women Poets, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, among others. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including the cover of Witness and Pithead Chapel, and a five-page spread in River Styx. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems, Enter Here, and the autobiographical, Junkie Wife. Her chapbook, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies was released in 2015, and its companion, The Dead Kid Poems, published in May, 2019. EROTIC, a volume of her new and selected erotica, will be published in 2020 by New York Quarterly. A nominee of multiple Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Micro-fiction, and Best of the Net awards, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She and her husband live 20 miles outside of Los Angeles, in a small beach community overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They have an extraordinary view.

4 responses to “How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen”

  1. William Love says:

    1. Nice.
    2. And funny.
    3. And I like the format.

  2. Joanna says:

    He wasn’t Michael Cohen from Baltimore was he?

  3. 1. Thanks, William Love. 1. Thanks. 1a. I appreciate the comments.

  4. Joanna, if you want him to be Michael Cohen from Baltimore, then yes, he is. How did you guess?

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