Being fragile myself

I understand that it must be traumatic

getting flung into the Bermuda

vortex of a washing machine


But clinging for dear life

to the velcro pocket of my cargo pants

only makes everything worse

for both of us



Shawnte Orion’s first book The Existentialist Cookbook will be published by NYQBooks in 2014. He attended Paradise Valley Community College for one day, but he is the reigning Copper State Haiku Slam Champion and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Georgetown Review, Barrelhouse, New York Quarterly, Gargoyle Magazine, Crab Creek Review, and many other publications. He has performed at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats and he co-hosts monthly readings in Phoenix and Glendale. (

To read more poems addressing womens’ underwear (including Shawnte’s ode to nostalgic childhood via frosted breakfast cereal) order Four Chambers 01 here.