We’re both looking at apples. I tell her it’s best to buy organic and she asks what that means. I explain Monsanto and all that, the poison in cotton and maxi pads. I offer to buy her a Diva Cup to decrease her carbon footprint. She tells me how refreshing it is to be so explicit—by which she means us talking about our body functions in a public place. But of course she’s still whispering, as though the green beans might be offended by us mentioning our own bleeding. [End Page 49]
Jessica Lee was a finalist for the 2017 Greg Grummer Poetry Award and the So to Speak Poetry Contest. Her work has appeared in American Literary Review, BOAAT, DIAGRAM, Fugue, Nasty Women Poets (Lost Horse Press, 2017), phoebe, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine and an intern for Copper Canyon Press.