Seduction in Red

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Written by Lesléa Newman. Lesléa, a first-time Jewrotica writer, is the author of many works including Nobody’s Mother, Still Life With Buddy, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, The Reluctant Daughter and A Letter to Harvey Milk. Much of her work addresses issues of Jewish identity, lesbian identity, and the intersection and collision between the two including the novel. She teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program.


Seduction in Red

Like six-inch red heels on a Hollywood starlet
Like glistening strawberries baked in a tart,
Like elegant nails painted this side of scarlet
Like two strands of rubies worn close to the heart;
Like a crystal glass full of expensive red wine
Like a cherry convertible bought on a dare,
Like sun-ripe tomatoes too plump for the vine
Like freshly washed shoulder-tossed smooth auburn hair;
Like the blush of a bride as she walks down the aisle
Like a bracelet of garnets clasped onto a wrist,
Like the lips of a lover curved up in a smile
Like two tender nipples right after they’re kissed;
Like a crimson silk slip tossed aside in the night
Like that first apple Eve held for Adam to bite.

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