Alter Lives of Alter Egos / Kaitlin Dyer
dancing girl press, 2015
Kaitlin Dyer was born on the banks of the Ohio River in Ironton, Ohio. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from such well-respected literary magazines as PANK, Potomac Review, Poetry International, and Web del Sol. Additionally, she has been a finalist for Five Quarterly‘s Chapbook Competition. She serves as editor, technology specialist, and point of contact for all things creative for Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, an interactive publication dedicated to connecting public intellectuals on the topic of rhetoric. Dyer received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Diego State University and her B.A. in English from The Ohio State University.
The History of Sex
In the hot kitchen thinking about how hot
the water needs to be for a french press: I want
the beans roasted perfectly and you at the bar
looking at me, a laugh on its way to your face. That’s us.
I keep making this coffee strong because you’re
so damn calm all the time, and I want
to see your heart pump a bit faster,
your legs shuffle just a bit quicker—
to see you more frantic. But really I end
up standing in front of this French press with its
glass steaming up and my cup so empty,
standing and sitting and waiting until it has steeped
into the perfect history of sex.