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According to Science

Kenzie Allen

According to Science, a beautiful girl
can expect to get hit on up to three times
an hour. According to this bar
I've got to get some better looking
sweaters. Or, conversely, I'm so appealing
that like the mauvest of black holes,
I am irresistibly repulsive. All mouth
and, again, the wrong shade of lipstick,
a shimmer gloss instead of a matte,
feathered from the day, not a perfect
red bulls-eye. It's two hours 'til the meat
market really gets going. Take your pick
of any dudebro, any striped popped—
collared future maniac, and let's high five
our every intention. They're not exactly
warblers, but it's been about two weeks
since the last time I heard Let It Go
so thank God you came along! I think
we're making progress and then
it's late and you text me when there are
no other witnesses. According to
The Savvy Girls' Guide To Getting Out
And Getting Laid
, I've already struck out
twice. What do you think? Can I score
another drink before you ask if I have
a boyfriend? Isn't that what you 
expected, anyway? Watching people
on TV looking at art, eventually learning
all the words to our every future
conversation. I've avoided all eye contact
with any human for three months.
Don't make me start back now.

Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Her work can be found in Drunken Boat, The Iowa Review, SOFTBLOW, Kweli, and other venues, and she is the managing editor of the Anthropoid collective. She was born in West Texas, and tumbleweeds around with frequency.

ISSUE EIGHT: Melty Slayers | next poem →

ISSUE Eight: Melty Slayers

Laurin DeChae
   Snakes & Ladders
   It Will Be Alive

Jessie Janeshek
   Future Girls with Bikinis
     beneath Bruce Springsteen Tees

Samantha Duncan

Kenzie Allen
   According to Science

Jessy Randall
   Here comes a poor woman
      from baby-land

   Here comes an old woman,
     nimble namble

Ruben Rodriguez
   Because I’m Bad Ass and
      I Said So

Colleen Coyne

Rob Cook
   Unmarked Neural Pathways

Jon Riccio
   The Area Code for ESP

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Roger Williams
   Come Eleven

Matthew Johnstone
   Boatship: Port Layout Gossips

Daniel Schwartz

Amy Carlberg

   Embody the State of the World