Marlene Dietrich is wearing your clitoris
A Hollywood party in the 1940s, candelabras and cigars, strapping hard-to-pronounce names, a vodka fountain, poodles and live jazz.
Rita Heyworth, there on the stairs, Mae West razzling them on the piano, Marlene Dietrich sexy as in her silver top hat and stockings ready to roll, wait, did I say her silver top hat, oh, ok, I meant your clitoris. Marlene Dietrich is wearing your clitoris. We were wondering where it had gone.
Daniel Roy Connelly is an academic and theatre director. He was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy International Poetry Festival Prize, a finalist in the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Prize and winner of the 2015 Cuirt New Writing Prize for poetry. He is forthcoming in The Moth, Acumen and on ‘Uncle Vanya’ in Critical Survey. He is a professor of creative writing, Shakespeare, and acting, at John Cabot University and The American University of Rome. www.danielroyconnelly.com
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