OUT ON THE BAYOU
DECEMBER 17,1999 • HOUSTON VOICE
W I THIS I MONE
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She sits erect in a straight back chair
and her face is serious during a recent
interview in a Houston coffee shop, but
she often flashes a big smile and sometimes even appears embarrassed by her
But she must be bold to write the way
she does—without shame, without fear,
fully confident of her power with words.
"I am lost in the wetness of your
body/the sweetness of your mouth and
tongue/dancing against mine/the sweat
on your neck and breasts/as it dampens
my fingertips," she writes in "Suite 69."
It's easy to see Cunningham's passion
for poetry and prose. And she doesn't
write only erotica. In the works is a book
about the trial and tribulations of two
Within the passion and boldness of
Cunningham's writing can be a softness
when she discusses love and life.
"I am loving her like I once loved
you/kissing her lips gently caressing her
breasts/just as you caressed mine that
very first time resting her head on my
shoulder/hiding behind closet doors and
between satin sheets/1 am loving her and
she is loving me," she writes in "Suite 69."
But to find her voice in writing,
Cunningham has had to overcome trou
bles at home, which started at age 9 with
the effects of domestic violence among
"I was there when my mother killed
my father," she says, adding quickly it
was in self-defense. "I loved my father
and he was good to me, but he abused
my mother. I never blamed my mother
for what happened."
Despite that tragedy, Cunningham
remains close to her mother, even if she
doesn't like her daughter's writings
"My mother's pissed. She wants to be
able to show my work, but she says,
'How can I show this,'" the younger
Passion also strikes Cunningham
when talk turns to feminism and her
"Women should be seen and I don't
think we're seen," she says.
Cunningham wants to help put
women in the forefront where she
believes they should be and hopes one
day to become a filmmaker to help. She
wants to make films "that need to be
seen so that people feel more comfortable
with their sexuality."
Although she's been in relationships
with a few men, Cunningham says she
has never been confused about her sexuality. She shared her first kiss with a girlfriend when she was four; her first sex
with a woman when she was 14. She
exudes a boyish charm and says her
young father "raised me like a tomboy.
He treated me like his brother."
Some poems in "Suite 69" are short a
result, Cunningham says, from the little
thoughts that constantly pop into her
head. For instance, about a one-night
stand, she pens: "When I said good-bye
and kissed you on your cheek with your
body on my breath, did you cry?"
Another poem, "U So Fine," is the
product of pulling alongside an attractive woman at a traffic light. She looked
over, shamelessly flirted, daring the
woman to look her way. Immediately, her
poet's mind went to work:
"U so fine and I can tell by the way you
smile you know it. I see it in your eyes as
they hide behind your ray-ban tinted
shades/I wish you'd pull over so I can
get your name and perhaps a number or
two cause I'm really digging you/Shittt,
I want to get to know you and possibly
gain a touch or two."
Yes, she wanted to get to know that woman.
"I'm a big flirt, but it's pretty harmless
nowadays," says Cunningham, a reference to her year-old relationship.
Like her mother, Cunningham's girlfriend
isn't too pleased with her erotic writings. But
she'll have to get used to it, Cunningham says.
Admittedly preoccupied with sex,
Cunningham easily admits that her work is
laced with the undercurrent of sexual prowess.
But multi-faceted in life and conversation, Cunningham shifts gears to her
enjoyment of dressing in drag and hitting gay bars for blacks.
"When I really want to step out of
Simone's shoes, I dress up like a boy and
lip sync," she says.
Simone Cunningham is passionate when talk
turns to feminism, her heritage and sexuality.
Cunningham enjoys the tips, but most
of all, the attention.
"I like being seen," she says.
For more information about Simone
Cunningham's work, call 713-601-0455, or
write Urban Publishers, P.O. Box 300635,
Houston, Texas 77230-0635.
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