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Poetry: Hungry by Leslie Dianne

Hungry

by Leslie Dianne

A flock of girls

huddles on the corner

admiring each other’s bones

you are beautiful

you are lovely

no thighs how divine

they warble like birds

and ooh and ahh

at the number of ribs

they can count

 

A delivery man

cycles by

and their mouths water

as the scent of

a burger and fries

loosens their memory

and they are all breasts and hips

and soft bellied curves

legs big like trees

cellulite holding on tight

the delivery man disappears

then the skinny fever rises

and they return to their

uber thin selves

 

Their family and friends say

they will send the delivery man

with pizza tomorrow and

strawberry shortcake

at the end of the week

 

Leslie Dianne is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama in New York City. Her stage plays have been produced in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and The Lamb’s Theater.  She holds a BA in French Literature from CUNY and her poems have appeared in The Lake, Ghost City Review, The Literary Yard, About Place Journal and Kairos and are forthcoming in Hawai’i Review. Her poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

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