After Ever

Erin Adair-Hodges

Summer 2018

Everybody’s husbands fall in love with me.
It can’t be helped, they know
I’d look good turned to sea foam,
the shell of my pink voice
tumbling till lost on the ocean’s dark floor.
Once a man at a bar told me
my hair made him hard
so I borrowed a blade from the bartender,
hacked it off in clumps,
and gave it to him.
So many colors! Like a sunset
if the sky was made of body parts.
When I was young I was dead
and my job was to wait
for a good man to kiss, you know,
a man who is good but also into kissing
dead girls. So what could I do?

Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let’s All Die Happy, winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the cocreator and curator of the Bad Mouth Reading Series in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Toledo.

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