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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ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER is a compulsive writer of erotica, an irreverent photographer, and a lover of all things “bent.” She is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), Enter Here (2017) and Junkie Wife (2018), the story of her first, disastrous marriage. Alexis is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Verse Daily, Pirene’s Fountain, Rattle, Plume, Nashville Review, Cleaver, Slipstream, Diode, Hobart/Pulp, concis, decomP, ASKEW, Tinderbox, Vox Populi, Glass, The MacGuffin, Rust + Moth, Anomaly Lit Review, Wide Awake, Poets of Los Angeles and elsewhere. Her poems, short stories and essays have been published in over 40 anthologies. Her photos are published worldwide, including the covers of Nerve Cowboy, Heyday, Witness, Pithead Chapel, and The Chiron Review. Since 2013 Alexis has been nominated for 15 Pushcart Prizes, 1 Best Short Fiction Award, and 4 Best of the Net awards. Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in on the cliffs of San Pedro, CA with her husband/artistic collaborator, James Fancher. They have a fantastic view. Alexis performs her work all over Southern California and (occasionally) beyond. Check out her website: www.alexisrhonefancher.com , for upcoming gigs and to be put on her mailing list.

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