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I Prefer Pussy (a little city-kitty ditty)

“I Prefer Pussy” takes the many, often derogatory words for vagina, and turns them around, creating a poem of praise, possibility and strength. This poem is a celebration of women taking back their power. By Alexis Rhone Fancher.

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I prefer pussy, as in cat
as in willow
as in chases a rat
as in raised on a pillow.

I prefer pussy, as in riot
as in foots
as in pussycat doll
as in puss-in-boots

I prefer pussy, as a twat
it is not, nor
is it a beaver,
a clam or a cleaver.

I prefer pussy to
nookie or gash,
it isn’t a box,
or a cave or a slash.

I prefer pussy to snapper
or snatch, far better
than taco or
slit or man-catch.

I prefer pussy, ‘though
rosebud’s not bad,
and muffin sounds homey,
and cooch makes me glad.

I prefer pussy, as in whip
as in flower,
as into it you slip –
as in I have the power.

 

First published in KYSO Flash Literary Journal, 2016, and republished in Cultural Weekly, 2016.

Artists statement

There’s nothing nastier and more empowering than taking back “pussy” from the sexist misogynists who denigrate it. “I Prefer Pussy” puts it back on them, and has a rollicking good time in the process. Nothing is more powerful than laughter.

About Alexis Rhone Fancher

Los Angeles poet, Alexis Rhone Fancher, is the author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here (forthcoming in 2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Alyss, Nerve Cowboy, Rust+Moth, streetcake, San Pedro River Review, Hobart, Cleaver, Public Pool, H_NGM_N, Fjords Review, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Her photographs are published worldwide. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, where she also publishes a monthly photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles.
Find her at: www.alexisrhonefancher.com

VIAFirst published in KYSO Flash Literary Journal.
SOURCEWritten by Alexis Fancher, Los Angeles, USA.
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Los Angeles poet, Alexis Rhone Fancher, is the author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and Enter Here (forthcoming in 2017). She is published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Alyss, Nerve Cowboy, Rust+Moth, streetcake, San Pedro River Review, Hobart, Cleaver, Public Pool, H_NGM_N, Fjords Review, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Her photographs are published worldwide. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, where she also publishes a monthly photo essay, “The Poet’s Eye,” about her on-going love affair with Los Angeles.

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