O, ye ghosts of an abandoned chandelier factory, Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” exploding shortly after takeoff similar to the joyous hollering of Tequila! & dirty sax. Bustier, how French of you, O, squeeze me tightly until circumference disappears into the yellow of tape measure. O, 38-18-36, Betty Brosmer striped & behind bars, her corset, year-round Christmas lights strangling a wave, unlike Botticelli’s zaftig. Perpetual lap dance, even when making tonight’s meatloaf, a proto- rap video vixen, but not vixen at all because there was never any worry about who the sexiest woman in the room was.
Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, RHINO, Blackbird, and West Branch. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo.