Ladies Are Good at Money When We’re Not Terrified of It


Images © Isabel Rock 2015


by Nicole Steinberg October 5, 2015

Call me Sarah McLachlan,

’cause I’m building a mystery.

I’m like my phone battery:

I get hot when I’m used.

To spend is human but

it takes major guts to fork

over money. To even reach

for one’s wallet in public

is theater. I’ve spent a whole

adult life fixing my teeth

and yet they feel more

rotten each week. One day

they’ll fall out and I’ll have

wasted a lot of potential

sandwich cash.

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Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and three chapbooks, most recently Undressing (dancing girl press, 2014) and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her work has been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, Newsweek, Flavorwire, Bitch, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She’s the founder of New York’s EARSHOT reading series and she lives in Philadelphia. Find her online at

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