New American Best Friend

New American Best Friend

by Olivia Gatwood

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ISBN-13: 9781943735105
Publisher: Button Poetry
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 78,978
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Olivia Gatwood is a poet, fiction writer, and sex & relationships columnist at Bustle.com and HelloFlo. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is a Brave New Voices, Women of the World, and National Poetry Slam finalist, winner of the 2015 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam and has been featured on HBO and TV One's Verses & Flow. Author of the chapbook Drunk Sugar and a recent graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Olivia has taught workshops on feminism, poetry and sexual health at foster homes, women's shelters, public schools and community centers nationwide.

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the boys and i are playing quarters with double shots of vodka and i am winning. by winning i

mean i am not one of the boys but i am the next best thing. by the next best thing i mean i am a

girl and i am drunk. every time i miss a shot, johnny gets to flick a quarter against my knuckles

and now my knuckles are bleeding onto my thighs but every time i make a shot i get to knock

back a throat full of liquor. i slam down the glass until it cracks up the side and now the game is

about who will still drink from it, who will risk shards in the belly, who will cut up their insides

for a pack of newports and it

Table of Contents

Jordan Convinced Me That Pads Are Disgusting 3

Ode to Elise in Eighth Grade Health Class 4

The First Shave 6

Bubblegum or Bruise 8

Like Us 10

Liberty 12

Port of Spain, 2002 15

The Only Thing I Brought From America 17

Dry Season, 2003 20

Backpedal 23

The Autocross 24

Fourth Week of Two-A-Days in July 25

The Summer of 2008 at Altura Park 27

Manic Pixie Dream Girl Says 30

The Anthem I Have Sung 33

Ode to the Wedding Dresses in Goodwill 34

What Sex Becomes 35

The Ritual 36

The Scholar 37

Ode to the Word Pussy 38

Ode to My Period Underwear 40

Alternate Universe in Which I Am Unfazed by the Men Who Do Not Love Me 42

Ode to My Bitch Face 43

Ode to the Women on Long Island 45

Acknowledgements 49

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