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  • Sex Dream with People Watching
  • Jessica Rae Bergamino (bio)

Here is the net. Here is the knife you’ll use to cut yourself from it. Here is the temptation

to stay. Here: a shell the color of your modesty: a fan to cool your virginity: a mirror

to obscure the hesitation of what goes where. Here, shadows have lips, hands have gloves,

a single thread carries the curve of your back. Walls blink with eyes that look like yours.

Someone touches your thigh, measuring resistance in dimple and don’t. Someone catches your breath.

Someone carries a mask across the room. Here is your safe word: it doesn’t matter anymore. [End Page 3]

Jessica Rae Bergamino

Jessica Rae Bergamino’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CALYX, PRISM International, Fourteen Hills, and ADRIENNE: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington.



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