“My Nerd Boy” by Jessie Carty

You walk on your heels as if they are bananas.
You have a bad complexion: red and mountainous.
But, you are brave enough to jump from trees,
to climb without monkey arms. You drop to me,
calling me: dream. You speak of places
where moisture begins; where it starts to pool.
You speak with your tongue against
my thigh with its y-shaped vein.


Jessie Carty’s writing has appeared in publications such as, MARGIE, decomP, and Connotation Press. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks which include The Wait of Atom (Folded Word 2009) and the upcoming Fat Girl (Sibling Rivalry, 2011) as well as the award winning full length poetry collection, Paper House (Folded Word 2010). Jessie teaches at RCCC in Concord, NC. She is also the photographer and editor for Referential Magazine. She can be found around the web, especially at jessiecarty.com where she blogs about everything from housework to the act of blogging itself. Her story “Sex of Food” appeared in STR Issue #3.

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