The Town of Bitch has one grocery store, one coffee shop, one
hospital, and one library. All the residents of Bitchtown wake up
early and drink Bitch Coffee (the coffee beans are from Bitches
County). The bitches go to the grocery store and fi ll their carts with
cans of Bitch Food. They stop off at the hospital to visit their old,
bitch mothers. Then they go to the library and read about how to
grow a bitch from scratch. By the time they get home it is time to
cook dinner, and by nightfall everyone in Bitchtown is lying in bed
counting bitches. They fall asleep and dream only bitch dreams.
This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.
Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.
Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.
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