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[The virgin]
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the scorpion, the rattler, the blue octopus -- all the best
rides named for heart-stopping creatures, we were
thirteen and fear was bad or good, on the bus, jenn
and greg hid under a blanket and french kissed, we
were scandalized, envious -- but the rattler had three
loops, the scorpion a body-lifting drop, all strung
about the smell of spun sugar sweat balloons, the
chaperones trudging to an old-timey picture stand
to dress like thieves and chiefs, posing for something
to bring back home -- accepting rides was one thing
but those of us who went too many times didn’t yet
sense the taste developing, the stomach-flip adult
somehow, gravity defied a moment -- soaring above
a choppy sea of melted wax faces before plunging--
and yes we measured each other by it, as jenn and
greg strolled off wing in wing for soft serve, still
pink-cheeked, suspended for a time above us all

Liz Robbins  

Liz Robbins’ second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith. Poems are in recent or forthcoming issues of Cortland Review, Denver Quarterly, Grist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Kenyon Review. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College.

Copyright © 2013 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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Liz Robbins. "[The virgin]." Cream City Review 37.2 (2013): 51-51. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Robbins, L.(2013). [The virgin]. Cream City Review 37(2), 51. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Liz Robbins. "[The virgin]." Cream City Review 37, no. 2 (2013): 51-51. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 20, 2014).
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