“No Offense”

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Poet and Twitter personality Patricia Lockwood has an intensely good (and just plain intense) poem up The Awl.

It’s called “Rape Joke,” and it starts like this:

The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.

The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.

The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee.

Brace yourself and then read the whole thing here.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →