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I am so honored and humbled to announce that Rising Phoenix Review nominated my poem “Ode to Drunk Girls in Bar Bathrooms” for Sundress Pub’s Best of the Net anthology. Tremendous thanks to the editors of RPR for their unwavering support and belief in my work. You can read the poem here.


Ode to Drunk Girls in Bar Bathrooms

I want to write an ode to drunk girls
in bar bathrooms, the electricity of
our femininity buzzing under fluorescent
lights, hair bands ripped from wrists
and passed to strangers, tampons
dug out from the depths of purses and
handed off beneath bathroom stalls,
emergency lip gloss shared among
this circle of women we’ve suddenly
found ourselves bonded to. I want to
write an ode to the comradery that is
laced into those spaces, the willingness
to give whatever is needed, the fervent
compliments exploding past painted
lips, the embraces that find themselves
wrapped around anyone who needs it.
Men would not believe the love we have
shared in those moments, gathered
together, sweaty and tired, alcohol
coursing its way through our veins.
I want to write an ode to drunk girls
in bar bathrooms because it is in that
space, surrounded by those women
that I can be whoever I want to be,
take up as much space as I need to,
share the parts of myself that I hide
in the sober daylight. I want to write
an ode to drunk girls in bar bathrooms
because I know as soon as I return
to the bar, to the throngs of men who
think buying me a drink guarantees I’ll
go home with them, to a space that
makes me feel invisible, I will miss
those girls who welcomed me, who took
care of me, who allowed me to be just
me. I want to write an ode to these girls
because there is no purer form of magic.

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