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  • In Heat

     

    Fire escapes are grotesque and impossible

    a building wearing its spine on the outside

    with tiny figures on top, poised for flight.

    You are distracted by a glittering stain

    while searching for rooftop sex

    while seven rifts open to sweeter hells

    you fingertip the ridge of concrete.

    The warmth of saliva on teeth pulls you forward

    and because no one fell this time

    everyone’s sweat ends up smelling good.

    The cruel press of sun on shoulders

    brings out a stratospheric sheen,

    the only reason anyone would come downstairs

    skinless elbows and knees sticking to your clothes

     

    with everyone pressed for cigarettes and wine

    you ooze back through the window.

     

     

    About The Author

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    Rita Mookerjee

    Rita Mookerjee’s critical work has been featured in the Routledge Companion of Literature and Food, the Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Twenty-First Century Feminist Theory. Her poetry is featured or forthcoming in Lavender Review, New Delta Review, GlitterMOB, Berfrois, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Rita currently teaches ethnic minority fiction and women’s literature at Florida State University where she is a Ph.D candidate specializing in contemporary Caribbean literature with a focus on queer theory. Her current research deals with the fiction of Edwidge Danticat.