“I don’t know pleasure until she convinces me to skip French class” by Ashley Elizabeth

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure

& she teaches me how to French kiss in a high school bathroom,
guiding my inexperienced hands to her—
all they have to do is stretch & caress & claim & conquer.
There is no shame in wanting to touch or tangle tongues.


Ashley Elizabeth is a writing consultant, teacher, and poet. Her works have appeared in SWWIM, The Hellebore, and Lucky Jefferson, among others. Her chapbook, you were supposed to be a friend, is available from Nightingale & Sparrow. Ashley lives in Baltimore, MD with her partner and their cat.

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