Snapshots and Lies

our bodies are a haven from August.

this summer all we do is rut

mattress on the carpet
him on me

a miasma of scorching discontent

dingy sheets. the
dryer eats them and my future

gets stuck in the holes.

how did I know he wanted that baby?

at the window,
he smokes Marlboros, taps ashes
on the losers below.

there’s not enough air to go around.

I found a corpse in the kitchen, I tell him.

he flicks his dead daddy’s Zippo
again and again,

surveys the neon-tinged city.

I want to steal something important.

I reach for his pride on the window ledge.
he flicks me away like a gnat.

the tv’s been broken since May.


Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of  How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and Other 
Heart Stab Poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014). Find her poems in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Fjords,
Slipstream, The Chiron Review, Broadzine!, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. Her photos are
published worldwide, including Blue Lyra, River Styx, Blink Ink, Fine Linen, HeART Online, and
the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. Since 2013 she’s been nominated for three
Pushcart Prizes and a Best of The Net award. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly and
photography editor of Fine Linen Literary Magazine.


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