Class Action: Women vs. Shahryar

This story is paired with “The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad” from 1001 Arabian Nights. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 


Sweet sisters, your pussies were perfect.
Your amber-rose temples, each of them,
were jewels to make soldiers genuflect
and drop their swords to the sea’s bottom.
But this dick? Who could have expected

he’d roll off livid post-orgasm?
It’s not your fault you trusted your sex
to sway the tyrant from his tantrum;
but soon as I imagined the next
murder, I saw my aim was correct:

Use my throat, my upper tube, to vex
his violence one night at a time.
Now this throat arrests him, and convicts,
sentences him and brings home the crime.
Repenting, he’s at peace when it comes,

three years later. He drifts into dream;
and then, for us all, I castrate him.


Daniel AriDaniel Ari writes, publishes, performs and teaches poetry. His forthcoming book One Way to Ask pairs poems in an original form called queron with art created or curated in collaboration with 66 visual artists.