Exhibit A by Wendy C. Ortiz in Eclipse: A Literary Journal, 2005, Glendale Community College Candy in the shape of cigarettes. Pillows that become pliant lovers. Recital costumes of sequins and purple silk that cling to the skin. The songs we learn from the radio. The first found scrap of paper exhibiting nude bodies in heat. The balloons placed under the taut fabric of a shirt. Watching the boys’ belt buckles, zippers with wonder. The magical nature, the double entendre, of the word bush. The panties hidden, the white haze like frosting on the cotton crotch.

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