Jennifer Lagier

You Listen to a Dead Man’s Music

Please,” the godfather
of soul pleads pathetically
from satellite radio.
Reminds me of date night
with high school boy friends,
half-undressed in backseats
of junker cars
Making out
within an orchard,
on canal banks,
at the drive-in.
Still feel their tongues
thrust into ear canals,
down my throat.
Rough hands
on young nipples.
Finger fucking
that hurt.
Erections bloomed
through unzipped Levis.
Blue-balled and desperate,
they begged to take
my virginity,
searched unsuccessfully
for the magic line,
that could undo Catholicism,
years of cautionary warnings,
awaken a sleeping nymphomaniac,
pry my legs open.


Jennifer Lagier has published nine books of poetry as well as in a variety of literary magazines. Her latest book, Camille Vérité, was just published by FutureCycle Press and is available on She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, co-edits the Homestead Review, maintains web sites for Homestead Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Ping Pong Literary Journal and She also helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings.