Sue William Silverman


If the Girl Does Phone Sex

Show me your bathroom faucet,
I’ll show you my ripe pomegranate…
I want to swallow your rice pudding and have
you lick my pumpkin hollow.
Bored, the girl files
fingernails painted the color
of commercial lust.
Man after man,
all night long, her brain spins
a different script
from pouty lips. She doubts
any of her callers knows the difference
between their cock and the snout
of an aardvark.

I want to hang myself, he says,
3 a.m., the girl
about to say she’s no
Suicide Hotline, but offers
instead a scenario involving
Fruit Loops, her cunt,
and a can of Silly String,
which is better, anyway,
than dangling from
a cellar beam like a side
of kosher pork. Maybe
she’s finally gone too far, but
she hears him there on his
end of the line, breathing.






Sue William Silverman’s poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises Press). She is also the author of three books of prose. The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew was a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Award. Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction is also a Lifetime TV movie. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more information: