Kiss It Where It Hurts

by Vanessa LaFaso





28 pages (1996)

trade paper, saddle-stitched

ISBN 0-9637704-4-6



About the Book

The clear and distinctive voice of Vanessa LaFaso's poetry resounds with the angst and bitterness of Generation X, but not without insight added to a charming sense of humor. In her efforts to build strength and encourage smiles, she leaves the reader with something to think about after each page is turned.



Crayola Cupid Soured Forbidden Thinking Metaphoric Malice Naked Optometric Surgery Paradise Forlorn Quixotic Queery Salvador Dali is Laughing State of Mine Wasted





I am Eve

without her fig leaf

leaves of grass brush

my belly now

I have no protection

from snake bites


I am Venus

without her scalloped shell

and linen wrap

without emanating love lit

from loins left

lingering in winds


I am Helen

without her horse

without her hero

to hold her pedestal

high above his head



I am Rapunzel

without her locks

to conceal her bare breasts

beckoning for rescue

from empty castle



I am skies

without stars


I am museums

without paintings


I am naked



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