a good fuck poem (definition) by Amy Shimshon-Santo

A good fuck poem is a secret concoction

of citrus and sage, lavender, vetiver, temperature, night.

It makes you want to take off all your clothes, your yesterdays,

your tomorrows. Lay them down. Be at peace with your body, each curve and line,

from inside your ears to your outstretched toes.

A good fuck poem walks you to the shower and scrubs your back.

Warm water streams down your face, across your eyelids,

clumping the tips of your lashes, descending

the bridge of your nose, the bend of your lips, your collarbones.


Water pools beneath your feet, escaping

down the drain in search of sea. A good fuck poem

dries you off, massages oil into your back, your chest, your thighs and calves.

Kisses your cheeks, whispers behind an ear, amber stanzas

without rhyme. Something about your hips, your stride, your mind.

A good fuck poem is egalitarian. It delights

in your existence. Admires the tiniest curl growing

with determination at the crook of your neck

the same way it does your spine, your latismus dorsi,

your gluteus maximus.


It turns on with the sound of your voice,

even if you are talking about vegetables, bicycles,

or dragons — even if you are talking about shoes.

It catalogues your sighs, moans, and quakes

as verifiable data in its sound bank

on the surface of its terabyte tongue.


A good fuck poem is non-violent. It is curious.

It takes note. There is time and no rush.

The moon is bright, the morning can wait,

and the smooth blue sheets stretching across

the bed will never smell the same again.


A good fuck poem doesn’t discriminate

against cock or pussy, breast or pectoral

muscle, bellybutton or small of back. It seeks

what you like, and it likes what it likes,

and the moral of the story agreed upon is pleasure.


A good fuck poem writes itself on the skin.

It doesn’t know exactly where, or what,

or how, but it knows you

are the map — your back, your hands

and fingers, your thighs.


It speaks to you in honey, whispers oxygen prayers,

and is loyal to your ankles. It wants

your tongue on the elbow, the clit, the belly,

the erection, the anus, the nipple, the backbone,

the neck, between the thumb and index finger.


It rubs against your habits of mind. It listens and it speaks.

It summons and surrenders. It leads

and it follows. It speaks in every language,

a grammar made of kindness. Shapeless and timeless. Nothing

and everything. The immortal surge of creation and demise.

I don’t know how to fuck without loving. This good fuck poem

loves down to the marrow, counting blessings on its digits,

because you are living, and the poem is alive.



Amy Shimshon-Santo is a poet, essayist, and educator who believes the arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work spans creative writing, choreography, performance, education, and urban planning. She is a poly-lingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) who writes across genres — poetry, creative non-fiction, and social/cultural criticism. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in creative non-fiction (2017), Best of the Net in poetry (2018), and been recognized on the National Honor Roll for Service Learning. Her writing has been published by SAGE Publications, UC Press, SUNY Press, Public!: A Journal of Imagining America, Teaching Artist Journal, Tiferet Journal, Zocalo Public Square, Critical Planning Journal, Lady Liberty Lit, and Spectrum. 


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