Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Privilege as an Oppressor by Jon Wesick

I keep a nude picture of Andrea Dworkin*
by the tissues and hand lotion in the bedroom.
My fantasy is always the same.
We sit across a checkered tablecloth
in a Manhattan restaurant.
I tell her I want to love her for her mind,
want to hear her whisper, “Seduction
is no different than rape.”
Then she runs off with Norman Mailer
and leaves me with the check.

* Radical, anti-pornography feminist

Author bio:

Jon Wesick has a Ph.D. in physics and has published over two hundred poems in small press journals such as the The New Orphic Review, Pearl, Pudding, and Slipstream. Two of his chapbooks have been honorable mentions in the San Diego Book Awards. His poem, “Bread and Circuses,” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest.

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