introduction to womanhood

young girls walk to the bus stop they have a whooping tablespoon of innocence in their
pocket. waiting on the curb by the fresh, dewy grass an old man creeps up brushing
past their skirts, giggling they feel bad for him. young girls listen to what mama tells them.
their skirts are trimmed just above the knee,sneakers shined and white.after school,
young girls ride their bikes to the corner store. they crave some Arizona’s gum potato
chips and lipstick.the man at the counter asks why they’re by themselves.they hadn’t
noticed. they thought they were traveling in a pack. confused, the five young
girls reached into their pockets digging past the innocence to reach for their coins another
man standing in line behind them laughs “lipstick? sheesh. how old are y’all?” he shakes
his head. “I never want to have a daughter”the cashier laughs,winking at the girls as they
hand him their cash.young girls ride their bikes homebellies full of iced tea lips coated
in pink horns honk as they pass intersections —they begin to notice.— introduction to

Jean-Marie Bub is a New-York based artist, self-made publisher, and acclaimed author. As the founder and CEO of Wide Eyes Publishing, Jean’s mission is to amplify marginalized voices belonging to local and international artists. Jean is also the co-founder of @communityofpoetry, a platform and safe space dedicated to connecting, showcasing and discovering poets worldwide. Her work has been featured in publications such as Pussy Magic, ‘Reclaim: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry,’ and Affinity Magazine. Jean is forever cooking up new ideas and projects, frequently collaborating and ‘raising hell’ with other exceptional humans. In her (very little) spare time, she enjoys design, architecture, painting, and bragging about being a Capricorn. Jean has two published books and is compiling a third.

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