It’s An Everyday Thing

She does not like to wear dresses,
her thighs rub her patience dry

Her man’s gone but another will
fill his place   take his seat

eat the food   beat the children
In the kitchen she coats the

Costco bought chicken
spices stinging the cuts

in her skin. She rubs breast
against leg against wing,

the meat’s yellow fat clinging
like an unpleasant memory

late nights, the smell of
stale words, beer, and raw

meat cooling on her skin,
her crevices worn by the

boredom of too many thrusts.
She throws the first piece in.

The oil spits back.


Leonora Simonovis grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and currently lives in San Diego, CA, where she teaches Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean literature at the University of San Diego. She’s a VONA (Voices of All Nations Arts Foundation) alum and a Contributing Editor for Drizzle Review, where she highlights the work of emerging and underrepresented writers, especially women. She has published critical articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals, such as The Caribbean Writer, Iberoamericana, and Small Axe, as well as in edited anthologies. Her creative work has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, the San Diego Poetry Annual, the anthology A Year in Ink (vol.10) and Revista  fron//tera [2]. She has forthcoming work in Tifetet Journal, The Caterpillar and the 2018 Cosmographia anthology. Currently, she’s working in a book of essays based on interviews with Venezuelan poets, which will be published in 2018.

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