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From the September Issue


Sexiest Woman Alive

I think the risk of being the sexiest woman alive is that you don’t want to ever have sex again. – Kate Beckinsale


That's how the star reacted when Esquire
Named her the world’s prime object of desire.

In the event you feel likewise, I ought
To hasten to assure you that you’re not.

(It wouldn’t be the first time that a guy
Had angled for some action with a lie.)

Or maybe, to incline you toward congress,
I’ll say you are, but not inform the press,

The better to enjoy in blissful privacy
All of your sexiest woman alivecy.


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