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STEPHANIE COUEY

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BREAD

Remember once you got naked and went in the Jacuzzi with steaming green light? A tattooed muscular boy with a lisp found your bra and wore it and stretched it out, and you beat him with a flip-flop, still naked. You ate pumpkin pie filling out of the can with tortilla chips afterward. You used to be afraid that there was anthrax on the exercise equipment at the gym. When I asked why, you said because you knew that you would place the anthrax there if you hated people enough, and that there had to be someone who hated people enough. It wasn’t at all illogical. You still went everyday, but you said that sometimes you would just stop breathing. Just in case. You used to pretend to fall asleep on couches at parties around 3 am so that you could listen to people talk, people who thought that you were out cold every time and that passing out was just what you did because you were little and drank too much. They usually talked about you, which is why you listened. You told me once that you heard a graduate student say he wanted to fuck you, not literally fuck you, but fuck your mind. This kind of thing was why you would listen and why you were right for listening. You bit his finger at a mutual friend’s fiction reading. He sat down next to you on a sunken orange couch and you asked to see his finger. He probably thought you would suck on it right there in front of everyone. You took it in your tiny hands and chomped. You were my best friend. It blows my mind that jails have cordless phones. I want to be twirling the cord right now, like I had imagined myself doing while I drove the thirty miles past cornfields and various livestock to be with you. I pick at the paint surrounding the glass between us instead. You’re not allowed to pick on your side, but I am on mine. 1

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