Poetry by Sarah Lilius & Art by Gabrielle Grace
American Peep Show
Fantasy ice cream heats into a puddle on the floor. Mr. Octopus uses up his arms, withers when she gains control, purple velvet falls to a painted floor. The men rejoice like it’s a Sunday hallelujah. They hold habaneros against flesh to maximize pain. Pain is the tamest word.
Sex is a four-legged animal waiting in the corner with a bad girl. Mr. Octopus whips, tries to tame her, coax her into position. He changes color when her desire pierces. Salt water dumps on her gallon after gallon. She shivers but stretches out finally. There’s a world there. Turn the video off.
Sarah Lilius is the author of five chapbooks including GIRL (dancing girl press, 2017) and Traffic Girl (Ghost City Press, 2020). Some of her publication credits include the Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Tinderbox, Fourteen Hills, Boulevard and forthcoming in the Massachusetts Review and New South. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons. Her website is sarahlilius.com.