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Petite Smacks [poetry]

By Meg Johnson

  • You thought
  • I would write
  • a poem
  • for you
  • about
  • a girl
  • and a popsicle.
  • How slowly
  • she licks
  • it.
  • You thought
  • I would write
  • a poem
  • for you
  • about
  • men who stick
  • their mustaches
  • into place
  • with hairspray.
  • The Aqua Net,
  • the shame.
  • You asked
  • me why
  • my performance
  • art didn’t
  • include
  • Snuffleupagus
  • and a reenactment
  • of your birth.
  • You asked
  • me why
  • when I see you
  • I look
  • away
  • and kick
  • rocks

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Meg Johnson is the author of the full length poetry collection, Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014) which was recently a NewPages Editor’s Pick. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, Nashville Review, The Puritan, Slipstream Magazine, Word Riot, and others. Meg started dancing at a young age and worked professionally in the performing arts for many years. She is currently the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal and an MFA candidate in creative writing. Her website is: megjohnson.org and she blogs at: megjohnsonmegjohnson.blogspot.com


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