One Poem by Kristin Garth

Nude Summer

Artistic nudes eat economical foods
even if you book gigs five nights a week.
Disrobe more than a Southern girl should
publicly, indiscreet. Art professors seek
you for sessions alone, Polaroids, braids
stiletto heels. You are one of a few
figure models in this small town unafraid
to flaunt your sex appeal. You never knew
what was expected of you from your first
community class. Your artist best friend
attends each week, one night asks, what’s the worst
that could happen? You never do it again.
Both of you surprised that it goes so well.
Take off your clothes a summer; live on Taco Bell.

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Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 23 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press) and Atheist Barbie (Maverick Duck Press). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com