Today we focus on the distinctive voice of Aimee Herman. In her own words, she’s
“a Brooklyn writer looking to disembowel the architecture of gender, bodies and what it means to be queer. Find Aimee’s poems in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), in the full- length collection, to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books) and at aimeeherman.wordpress.com.”
Aimee also has her own idiosyncratic way with the architecture of prose, as you’ll see in this excerpt from her story “Bike Pedal. Empanadas. And Whiskey.”
Bike Pedal. Empanadas. And Whiskey.
I am going to try to find an adjective. One I’ve never used before, which may be difficult since I tend to use the same ones. And for the purpose of our conversation, I will call this person I’m trying to describe Q. I am going to need you to get comfortable. Order your drink now, so that when you take your last sip, the waiter will already know what you want and there will be no interruption. What’s that? Yes, it is quite loud in here, but this seemed like the best table and I do like the ambiance. Thickly painted women stuck inside these giant canvases. That one over there. Look. That one’s cleavage looks as though it’s a spill from the neck down. Don’t you think? Okay, good. You’ve got your whiskey and I’ve got mine.
The start of this isn’t so romantic. I was in a bike shop in Brooklyn on Franklin Avenue. Yes, that new one. And I was with my lover who had a busted pedal and needed a replace- ment. Inhale for a moment. Oh, take your sip and then inhale. Yes. Imagine this shop with scents of tires and oil. Now breathe in deeper because my lover interrupted these smells with his face. He still reeked of my cunt. He hadn’t brought his cock the night before when he came over, so he preferred to leave his clothes on. I was able to persuade him out of his pants and I imagined his cock into me. I was nude as I often am when I am home. He lifted me and I wrapped my thighs around him as though my legs were fan blades whipping at his hips. He didn’t throw me onto the bed; this isn’t a movie. It was a careful drop. He did not take the time to kiss my inner thighs or my belly or even my mouth. He just sucked out the sweat of my bush and dug his tongue into me.
Damn, this whiskey is good. I don’t even want to be gentle with it, you know? Where was I? So, we are in the bike shop. He is talking to the mechanic about his pedal, asking him to look at the alignment as well. I was walking around, my cunt still sore, wishing we hadn’t left my apartment, and then I saw Q. Here is where the proper adjective has to come into play. Imagine a mellifluous voice. And face. And...well, everything. Are you with me? Do you see this? Can you picture this? Okay. This isn’t Q. This one was more like aluminum. You know when you messily remove the metallic-like casing on the top of a wine bottle? It’s a bit sharp. It bends, but it can also cut. This is Q. There was no melody or rhythm to Q’s face. It was more like grit.
Intrigued? Confused? When you get to read the whole story, fasten your seat belts!
Me and My Boi Blog Tour Links
June 12—Sacchi Green— www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 13—Annabeth Leong-- http://annabethleong.blogspot.com/2016/06/me-and-my-boi-not-just-hair.html
June 14—Anna Watson— www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 15—Sinclair Sexsmith-- www.sugarbutch.net
June 16—Jove Belle-- https://jovebelle.com/
June 17—Tamsin Flowers-- www.tamsinflowers.com
June 18—Victoria Villasenor— https://breywillows.com
June 19—J, Caladine—www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 20—Victoria Janssen-- http://victoriajanssen.com
June 21—Dena Hankins-- http://denahankins.net/my-summer-of-boi/
June 22—D. Orchid—www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 23—Pavini Moray-- https://emancipatingsexuality.com/
June 24—Melissa Mayhew—www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 25—Jen Cross— www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 26—Kyle Jones-- http://www.butchtastic.net/2016/06/blog-tour-for-me-and-my-boi/
June 27—Gigi Frost--https://www.facebook.com/notes/gigi-frost/book-give-away-and-blog-tour-me-and-my-boi/10155505162268084
June 28—Aimee Hermann— www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
June 29—Sommer Marsden— http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com
June 30—Axa Lee—www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
July 1— Kathleen Tudor— www.sacchi-green.blogspot.com
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