by Karina Manta
Karina Manta is a writer and professional figure skater. Her work can be read in the Modern Love column of The New York Times and her YA memoir, On Top of Glass (Knopf, 2021). She is on Instagram @karinamanta and on Twitter @KarinaMantras.
Eve Makes a Dating Profile
fathers shouldn’t be allowed
the sole responsibility of
naming their children. call me
what you want to call me.
i hardly remember most of my birthdays,
so I don’t know if the charred
candle wicks have conjured anything
i wanted. somehow i still arrived
maybe it’s like that for everyone?
you either find a way to learn
to love the place you’re from,
or you hate it forever.
right now, i am trying
to get the fuck out of florida.
i’m smart enough,
i’ve learned to lie here.
i’ve been a waitress, a barista.
i worked on a farm for about six months.
i’ve been thinking
about getting my real estate license.
a few years ago, i had a brief stint
on reality tv. maybe that’s why my face seems so
Seeking Men, Women, or Everyone:
we’re all lonely.
i can’t call my mother
and ask her what time i was born.
if i had to guess, maybe a gemini rising?
but a pisces moon?
Upload a Few Photos:
this one is me
wearing my favorite outfit. this one is me
on a friend’s uncle’s boat, pretending
i own the lake. this one is me on my back,
looking like the first woman you’ve ever seen.
Favorite Pick-Up Line:
just tell me you could make me
feel like god.
Perfect First Date:
you can pick the restaurant. i’ll probably
show up a few minutes late because i can’t bear
being the one to walk up and claim the reservation.
i don’t have practice possessing
that kind of authority. when i arrive, i’ll let you
think for a second i was made for you. i’ll let you
order me a drink. if i’ve had enough
sips by the time the waiter comes around,
maybe i’ll even feel brave enough
to try a new food.
Do You Want Kids:
i don’t know.
What Type of Relationship Are You Looking For:
this could be the world,
or it can end whenever we want.