How to Win Friends and Influence People by Kevin Ridgeway

it was the only
after school shindig
I was invited to in
high school:  a
late-night wrap party
for the musical that
included a pool, jacuzzi
and parental guidance
that was not just suggested.
I gazed at the girls in their
swimsuits and nearly died
from nerves, and my trunks
inflated into embarrassing
round bobs upon submergence
in the hot tub, where those
same girls compared my
slight physique to a holocaust
victim’s, prompting me to
run into the house in tears,
where I started to change
into dry clothes in the
guest room, only to get
caught with my shriveled
dick resting across my
swollen scrotum by the
mother of the kid throwing
the party, and she turned
up her eyebrow while she
drank in my vanilla junk
before slowly closing
the creaking door that
was standing between
us both in silence.
Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes.  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others.  His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset:  Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

Kevin Ridgeway was born in Bellflower, CA and raised in nearby Whittier, where he currently lives and writes. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, Re)verb, San Pedro River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Bank-Heavy, Misfit Magazine and The Mas Tequila Review, among others. His latest chapbooks of poetry are On the Burning Shore (Arroyo Seco Press) and Riding Off Into That Strange Technicolor Sunset: Dallas-FT. Worth Poems (The Weekly Weird Monthly).

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