Alexis Rhone Fancher

Find Alexis Rhone Fancher’s poems in Best American Poetry, 2016, Rattle, The MacGuffin, Slipstream, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles, Hobart, Mead, Chiron Review, Cleaver, and elsewhere. She’s the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems, and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies. Her photos are published worldwide, including spreads in River Styx, Rogue Agent, and the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. Since 2013 Alexis has been nominated for 7 Pushcart Prizes and 4 Best of the Net Awards. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. alexisrhonefancher.com 
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why i prefer injectable narcotics
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(the truth that impales me each time i get straight.)
it’s all cake once i’ve found a good vein.
i surrender to the dazzling foreplay
loosen the belt, ease back the plunger
watch my blood flood the syringe.
the gasp, the breath-catch just before i jam
the plunger down, just like
you plunge into me (my cheeks flush)
and the rush? the ride? the afterglow?
better than sex. correction: better than sex with you (i mean).
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Why I Forgave You (Perché ti ho perdonato)
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Because your eyes were blue as curaçao
and your table manners, impeccable
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Because inside your head I was smooth
as Michelangelo’s Aurora.
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Because the night was in cahoots with the street lamps
and La Dolce Vita was an amusement ride
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Because the light was saffron yellow in October
and the purple irises were not in bloom
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Because I was drunk on vodka sauce
Because I was drunk on you
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Because the gnocchi at Terroni were to die for
Because you swore to die
before you’d lie to me
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Because I sucked you off
under the table anyway
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Because the moon hid behind my skirt
Because we shared cannoli for dessert
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Because you didn’t know:
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ricotta sat cool on my tongue
and Campari was almost as bitter as love.
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