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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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Native Angeleno ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER is a professional photographer and poet. She is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart -stab poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (KYSO Flash Press, 2015), and Enter Here (KYSO Flash Press, 2017). Her poem, “when I turned fourteen my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:” was chosen by Edward Hirsch to be included in The Best American Poetry, 2016. Alexis is published in Rattle, Plume, Nashville Review, Diode, Slipstream, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles, Hobart, Cleaver, H-NGM_N, Fjord’s Review, The MacGuffin, decomP, Public Pool, Anti-Heroin Chic, MEAD, Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, great weather for ME-DIA, and elsewhere. Additionally, you can find her poems, flash fiction and essays in over 30 anthologies. Her photos are published worldwide, including spreads in River Styx, Rogue Agent, FRE&D, and Incandescent Mind, and the covers of Witness, Heyday, The Mas Tequila Review, and the Chiron Review. Since 2013 Alexis has been nominated for eleven Pushcart Prizes. Her work has also been nominated once for The Best Small Fictions Anthology, and four times for the Best of the Net awards. She is Poetry Editor of Cultural Weekly, where she publishes a photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles. She will be reading from her latest collection, Enter Here, starting in June. Check her website for details: www.alexisrhonefancher.com.

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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