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courtney leblanc

~with lines from Paralyzer by Finger Eleven, which in 2007 was regularly played on the radio


I no longer remember how it started—we were

friends, sure, but to cross into something more

required an intentional act.

                                                                        I am imagining

                                                                        a dark lit place

                                                                        or your place or my place

When we finally touched, brief and frantic

and my hands hot against your skin, I knew

I wouldn’t stop, my body turning toward you,

wet and wanting.

                                                                        I seem to be struck by you

                                                                        I wanna make you move

When you pressed into me, pushed me against

the wall, fingers slipping under my skirt, fingers

sliding into the slick of me.

                                                                        If your body matches

                                                                        what your eyes can do

I rode your hand, my mouth pressed against

your ear, detailed what I’d do to you. Later,

I fucked you hard, dragged ditches in your back

with my nails. After, you returned to your wife,

I returned to my empty bed.

                                                                        You’ll probably move right through

                                                                        me on my way to you.



Courtney LeBlanc is the author of Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press). She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Read her publications on her blog: Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79. 




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