“Your winsome smile will be your sure protection.”
it was the thing that got me molested.
was a whole head smile. One paternally large mug.
His smile drew them in too.
gave me to keep a version of that smile,
couldn’t get enough of it – you would take chances at
Like the more permanent blot you left on me.
the right factors of heat and pressure coal reveals the
"Fortune" came out of a NY Writer's Coalition literary workshop for survivors of sexual abuse. This exercise, like other exercises we do, was 20 minutes of writing in response to (in this case) being given a fortune cookie and asked to open and write about the fortune inside. This text is exactly what came out of those 20 minutes with virtually no changes or additions; only some minor editing and correcting.
Tea and biscuits.
kind of biscuits
didn’t understand the ritual pleasure
the way to her heart was through a filtered bag.
turn my adult nose up now
creamy tea was
"Tea Served" came out of a Writer's workshop exercise comprised of selecting a mug and a tea bag and adding boiling water to steep. I then removed the tea bag and placed it on the paper I originally composed this text on, where it dried and left brown tea stains after the 20 minute free writing session.
2007, Richard Estevez. ©
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Richard Estevez is a visual artist, a graduate student in the history of art and design, and a library worker in Brooklyn, New York..