Issue 4.1 – Poetry



I resent it

each time I hear someone called

a Douchebag,

some scum, some insufferable lowlife,

some man

for whom the worst insult

is something used only

by women,

something done in secret

something women thought

they had to do to make themselves clean

for men

as though they were dirty

before or after being with

a man

but only they needed to wash.


de-Anda-Diane-10-2012-USE-380x380 (1)Diane de Anda, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at UCLA.  She has edited four books on ethnically diverse populations and published numerous scholarly articles on adolescent populations. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Rosebud, Straylight, Storyteller, Bilingual Review, Copperfield Review and anthology, Saguaro, El Grito, Pacific Review, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Presence and others, and satires in Humor Times and Satire and Comment.  L.A. Flash, a collection of short short stories, was published in Septenber 2016.  She has published poetry for children and eight children’s books, which have won multiple awards.  Her bicultural background, as a third generation Latina, is often evident in her work.

One Comment Add yours

  1. kelseymay says:

    Literally never thought about the origin of this insult. Thank you for helping me be more conscious of my language.


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