Anjelica comes on to me like a man, all slim-hipped swagger, relentless, dangling that red, ‘57 T-Bird at me like dessert. Lemme take you for a ride, chica, she sez after acting class. I figure what’s the harm, but Ms Angel Food gets out of hand. I don’t count on her heart-shaped ass, or those brown nipples crammed in my mouth. I don’t count on the Dial-O Matic four-way, power leather seats, the telescoping steering wheel, or the frantic pleasure of her face between my thighs. I admit, I’ve always been driven to sin. But Anjelica’s far from blameless. She rides me hard, week after week, double clutches me into ecstasy, hipbone against hipbone, the dulcet, lingering groan of our gears, grinding. When I confess the affair to my boyfriend he jacks himself off in the galley kitchen, comes all over his unattainable fantasies. He says he doesn’t consider sex between women to be cheating, and begs me to set up a threesome. I tell him the T-Bird’s a two-seater, and watch his face fall. I could end it, but why? All I can say is, I want her for myself. All I can say is, I’m a die-hard romantic. Anyone I do, I do for love.

First published in The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, 2015

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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.

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