“A woman’s beauty can be her damnation,â€ her mother said. One guy told her he’d never seen an orifice he didn’t like. Sure thing. But you’ve got to know something about tenderness. He just poked. She likes eyes on her, though, so she finds herself in the occasional awkward pose. Her boyfriend, the photographer. Her, the contortionist, the fucking astronaut. He’ll have her hanging upside down from a tree tomorrow, his gaze going distant as his glory takes over. Why doesn’t anyone listen to me? Aren’t ears an orifice? The edges of the stairs wedged against her back. Never enough.
Grant Faulkner is executive director of the Office of Letters and Light, best known for putting on National Novel Writing Month. He's also the founding editor of 100 Word Story (www.100wordstory.org). His writing has appeared in The Southwest Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and Gargoyle, among other journals.