Read the featured Pink Plastic Poet of the week Andrea Lawler below and the rest of the Pink Plastic Poets in the archive.

When He Asks to Fuck Me In The Back Of His Car

by Andrea Lawler

I think of velvet and leather,
of trees being stripped
of their leaves, of leaving.

I think of high school
and summer and how I was raised
so Catholic my mother told

me I was no longer
allowed to wear white
to my wedding

if anyone was even willing 
to marry someone like me.
I think of someone like me.

I think of a Ford Zephyr,
maroon-colored car-seats,
how my boyfriend told me

he was the only virgin left
in the sophomore class.
I think of how I knew

he was lying. I think of how hot
North Dakota stays at night
in September. I think about crying

to my sister, whose only advice
was to go to confession, apologize
to Our Father, but not tell our father. 

I think of all the ways in which
I had said no that summer night,
how all he heard was yes.

Andrea Lawler is a poet, essayist, and short story writer. She holds a degree in English Language & Literature. Her poetry collection, “Let Me Take you Out of This Town,” debuts in February, 2023 from BullshitLit. She lives in North Dakota with her three cats.