Stephanie Valente

Stephanie Valente lives and writes in New York. She has been featured in various publications including Hell Strung and Crooked (Uphook Press), Bust Magazine, dotdotdash, Nano Fiction, among others. One day, she would like to be a silent film star.

Work by Stephanie Valente

Stephanie Valente

Good Girl

the swallow hips, hands tighten a grasp instead of shuffling papers and with clementine oranges, all to spare   my eyes widen, a set of lips unburdened, to charge, to rifle just as quickening tenses when a woman, without apron stitches up conversational parts   my words are reduced to newspaper headlines stop, go, yes, please, maybe is a forbidden word in the construction of marriage   my husband, wrapped at my hip bones fingers spread like letters, pressing ink into my shoulder coffee cuts, mouths waiting akimbo a command, cut fruit across a platter and my voice pours through breakfast. ...

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