The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Alexis Rhone Fancher

When I asked him to turn me on he said:


1. Turn yourself on.
His voice had that flat affect lovers get
when they’re done with you.

2. You’re burning through men, my mother warned.
Like there was a limit.

Every day, a fresh opportunity
to ruin some poor man's life.

I was on fire.

3. I’d take a bullet for you, he told me once.
And meant it.

I didn’t answer.
I tasted loneliness at last.

4. And he, behind me,
palms on my ass, riding.

5. (That night) I fell asleep with the TV remote
between my legs.

When I awoke, he was gone.

6. If he knew what I would write about him,
he’d have hated me sooner.

7. Sometimes, the person you’d take a bullet for
is the one behind the gun.

(for Michael Cohen)




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 the brand new, erotic, LA-centric collection, Enter Here (2017). She is published in The Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Slipstream, Plume, Nashville Review, Diode, Glass, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Her photos are published worldwide, including the covers of Witness, Heyday, The Chiron Review, and Nerve Cowboy. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.



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