"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


THE OPPOSITE OF WORD AVERSION

THE OPPOSITE OF WORD AVERSION

She says she hates the word salacious,
how it slithers, and I think yes, it does,
and isn’t that delicious? They sound
nearly the same, synonyms, practically,
at least in my brain. I look up the article
inspiring her list, discover thousands
of people can’t stand to hear or say
moist, among othersWhat’s wrong
with that? Makes me think of perfect
lemon cake. I try to come up with one:
congeal? No. It’s fun inside the mouth,
perfectly suited to its job. Massacre?
No. Same reason. I walk around, spit out
what some might find disgusting
or distressing: secretion, cancer, mold,
cyst. Maggot. 
I feel like a twelve-year-old
left at home with no babysitter, giggle
my way into the bedroom, paw through
the drawers: panties, panties, panties.


Kasandra Larsen’s work has appeared widely in journals, including Best New Poets. Her manuscript CONSTRUCTION was a finalist for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, and, under a different title, a semifinalist for the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; her chapbook STELLAR TELEGRAM won the 2009 Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Award. She is a three-time Pushcart nominee.

Cover photo by Raphael Schaller on Unsplash

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