Rachel Mennies

Review #347 for The California Exotic Novelties Butterfly Kiss Vibrator on Amazon.com

The body can accommodate its longing
            up to the size of a fist.
Its post-come sigh weighs more

            than most dead stars.
The husband no longer
imagines, and this model glitters

            (even in darkness).
The wanting body can learn to
take an arm, a bottle—

            anything warmer
            /anything whole.

We live on the slope of our desire
            and tumble down.

The wife rips a hole in the bed-sheet
            with her teeth.
The husband won’t open up
            his hands.
The wife orbits her quiet world
warped by the strength of her hunger,

            her hand in the bathwater
            /her eyes on the stars.

How else will she remember she’s alive
but to draw life deep inside her,
            make it twist.

Rachel Mennies

Rachel Mennies is the author of the poetry collection The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards (Texas Tech University Press), winner of the 2013 Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields (Blue Hour Press). Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere, and has been reprinted at Poetry Daily. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI's editorial staff.