THE CRITERIA BY WHICH MY MOTHER SELECTS A FATHER FOR HER CHILD | Nicole Lourette

He has to be a white man,
under six feet
mid-forties
intelligent
a George Clooney chin

no food allergies
a taste for jazz music
double-jointed
the right kind of white,
not too pasty
or easily burned by the sun.
An Italian would be nice.

The child is to be made
in a plastic tube,
or is it a Petri dish?

She enjoys checking the boxes,
choosing the right ingredients.

Tells herself
he will grow to love it.

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Nicole Lourette is a recent graduate of Chatham University’s MFA program and lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a 24-year-old biracial woman of color. She is on Twitter, @nlourette

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