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Canned Peaches

Francesca Kritikos

our love is a fairy- 
tale: if you won’t rescue me, 
i won’t fuck you. i am weary 
in this trailerpark – we  
don’t have castles in 
America. i can’t feel like a queen 
eating Costco canned peaches. sin 
is all i have left, but i’m unseen: 
that’s what we call innocence here. 
lift my silk dress, ignore my abscesses- 
at our motel-honeymoon, what will you wear? 
husband, King, all i crave are excesses. 
one day, i’ll get out of this place, i know. 
i first said that fifteen years ago. 

‘canned peaches’ was published in 2016 as part of the UEA Undergraduate Creative Writing Anthology, Undertow.

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