The first girl I crushed on looked like a 90s Winona Ryder, all angles and a pixie haircut. We were the intersection of a Venn diagram, the only overlap in our circle of friends. We didn't hang out on Fridays together, didn't look for one another in the crowded lunchroom – a square of greasy pizza and an oversized chocolate chip cookie on our lunch trays. We had few things in common—me in French club and she in choir—yet still we gravitated toward one another, touching hands softly in the crowded hallway in between classes, those seconds sometimes the best in my day. Once we walked to her car after class, a cigarette passed between us like a secret. I didn't smoke but it was the closest our mouths would ever get to touching.
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press). She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Read her publications on her blog: www.wordperv.com. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv and IG: @wordperv79.