Rachel Evelyn Sucher: #MeToo Series
Bar Room Womanhood
Men cluster, comparing rape
jokes like recipes. Stop
please, I ask,
strong; trembling. One laughs,
tells me get back to the kitchen,
his eyes hawk-hard. They follow me
like the man who told me I was pretty
in the lot left of my house.
I fell off my scooter there, sold it
to the younger girl next door.
She is older now.
We share stories about men
who shout from trucks,
how we would scream back
the words they have told us
are a secret.
Rachel Evelyn Sucher is a queer-identified Vermont writer, activist, performer, horsewoman, and intersectional feminist. Her poems have been shortlisted for the International Literary Award (Rita Dove Award in Poetry) and the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets, and longlisted for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Rachel is the founder and editor-in-chief of COUNTERCLOCK literary & art journal, an editor at Sooth Swarm Journal, a social media manager at Half Mysticpublishing house & literary journal, and a founding member and editor at Mandatory Assembly literary journal.
A mentee in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, Rachel has also attended the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf and the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Luna Luna Magazine, Dream Pop Journal, and Rising Phoenix Review, as well as the anthology Destigmatized: Voices for Change from Madness Muse Press. Rachel is a Trevor Project National Youth Ambassador. When she isn’t wrestling writer’s block or the patriarchy, Rachel can be found snuggling puppies, making music, and overthinking in her nerdy poet's notebook.