Non-Consensual Wet T-Shirt Contest

I’ve only ever been in one wet t-

shirt contest, and it was against my will

though most wouldn’t think that it would be 

a big deal to a stripper — that it’d feel 

a little less degrading wearing a shirt 

even if the pails of icy water thrown

on a December evening didn’t hurt 

(cold temperatures keep nipples pert for none

of us were at all aroused, wanted to 

make it to a house, three dancers stuck in 

a shift so dead it fucks with revenue 

and pretty heads).  We could only leave when

we filled in as amateurs across the street,

a sports bar contest that feels like defeat. 

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 21 books of poetry including Crow Carriage (Sweet Tooth Story Books) and The Stakes (Really Serious Literature) and the editor of seven anthologies. 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
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