By Rebecca Audra Smith, from Before Passing

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I was kissing you, necking on
the Canal Street love boat. We edged up
in our seats and made some space for Jesus
to sit down. Tight squeeze, my kneecaps
knocking yours, my tongue still in your
mouth, not much room for his words.
Still, he started to preach. Jesus
is the man to call when you want
two women to pull apart. Jesus
is the place to go when you want
us to rearrange our bodies till we
sit decorous as flowers in a vase.
Jesus is the man to speak to
when you want to unlink our hands.
I haven’t space enough on this paper
to tell him that I will kiss you
wherever I fucking want to.

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GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA's editors: THOMAS FUCALORO’s latest book, It Starts From the Belly and Blooms, is out now by Three Rooms Press. As well a founding editor for great weather for MEDIA, he is also editor for Staten Island’s new literary magazine NYSAI. Thomas teaches poetry workshops at the NEON Bronx Probation Center, Writopia Lab, and The Acorn Youth Treatment Center. | A native of the Boston area and an actor and writer in New York City for more than thirty years, DAVID LAWTON is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press). He has work forthcoming in the anthologies Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books) and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Automedia). David loves dogs, trees and bananas. | JANE ORMEROD is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Paris Lit Up, Have a Nice NYC, Maintenant, Breadline, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts. Originally from the south coast of England, she now lives in New York City.

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