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  April 2017
volume 14 number 1
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  home   (archived)
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  Shawn Aveningo
  Stefanie Bennett
  Paulo Brito
  Holly Day
  Marvin Louis Dorsey
  Neil Ellman
  Timothy Gager
  Jerry Garcia
  David Herrle
  Julia Knobloch
  Marie C Lecrivain
  Emma Lee
  Ron Lucas
  Karen J McDonnell
  Alison Ross
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Rishan Singh
  Bobbi SInha-Morey
  Zev Torres
  RK Wallace
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Shawn Aveningo
April 2017



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Shawn Aveningo is a globally published, award-winning poet who can't stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes, especially red ones! ( Shawn's work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies. She's a Pushcart nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon and journal designer for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women's voices and visions. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon.
Red Shoe Poet



A Groupon for Women's Plus-Size Mermaid Swimsuit

It's landed three times in my inbox this week.
And of course, curiosity finally got the best of me.
I clicked.

Shimmering verdant fish scales from the waist down,
accented by your choice of colorful bowed bandeau:

Cerulean Blue
for the true blue mariner,

Bright Fuchsia for the flirty pool-party girl,

Passionate Plum
for the mermaid confident in her own scales,

Fiery Red for the siren temptress of the sea,

and Basic Black,
as if slimming and demure are even plausible at this point.

The photos sans humans require a lot from the imagination.
I try to picture my body, or any women's body,
wearing one of these so-called flattering, haltered-top,
body skimming bodysuits by the pool,
or lounging on the lido deck of a cruise ship.

Will the spandex and built-in bra
accentuate my curves, elongate my torso?
Will I appear naturally glamorous,
perched perhaps upon a rock jetting out of the sea?
I doubt it.

they're quite in-demand this summer.
Over 1,000 wanna-be mermaids
have already taken the $24.99 bait.

copyright 2017 Shawn Aveningo