Anastasia Jill

Fancy underwear

keeps my thighs


hips climbing

up the empire

of my back.

Between the

huntress and the



I stick my

chest out

for the

gladiator boys

who will eat me

on dinner plates

shaped like sheets.

They do not care

that I’m a good girl,

even less that


are fabric

and I will be

cast aside.

I am not important.

I am narrow

enough to sip

the whip,

and move on

and rebuild

this flesh temple

from the g-string up.

the Southeast United States. She has been nominated for Best American Short
Stories, Best of the Net, and several other honors. Her work has been
featured with, Pithead Chapel, apt, Minola Review, Broken Pencil, and more.

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