Category Archives: Reprint

Adequacy

After Thom Gunn When we wake in the night with the sheets tangled round our legs, we switch the light on/off without a sound, just checking to make sure who lies beside us here. Love grows by exploring the boundaries … Continue reading

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On Being Gay In Yemasee

I’ll never forget us entraining this freight at dusklight to escape cabbage farms, rusted barns and Bible-barkers who stumble through starrified nights. Will our fear follow us? We poach peaches off pallets and lick juicedrips off our lips like it’s … Continue reading

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Tryst

The secret to sin is to do it in secret. We learned secrecy young— two girls taught to swallow our hunger— so we meet up at nightfall once the last lights have gone out. We walk down the roads, cursing … Continue reading

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Faith

I knew the dying was coming— knew her heart struck twelve because I couldn’t sleep, could only gaze out at the hallway, past my door as it creaked on its hinges, the wind outside the open window running its hands … Continue reading

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April Morning with Cicadasong

And still I’m traipsing through the fields of wildflowers and grass and foxtails. Beyond these fields are more fields and then more and then the cloudless sky. Bees hovering around coral-colored blooms, I make my way to the river, crowned … Continue reading

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On Overcoming Gamophobia

Since your silence scares me, be roadkill, be oil spill, be the elevator that stalled on its way down. Let me learn to love the quiet; let’s learn to speak without noise. And since I despise tight spaces, locked doors, … Continue reading

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Planetarium Janitor

The projector’s clicking eyes hold the only dust he’s not to touch. Powdered soap clouds the water bucket like the Milky Way the sky as he mops the aisles. Ten years have taught him which levers to pull to starlight … Continue reading

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Multiverses

On August 3, Denora friend requested me on Facebook. On August 8, Denora followed me on Instagram and Twitter. On August 14, Denora invited me to join her LinkedIn network. On August 15, Denora winked at me on Match. What … Continue reading

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Parade

She knew the directions by heart: Apply moisturizer. Apply foundation Apply Dermablend under eyes in patting motion and blend into surrounding skin. Finally, set with powder. The first time he gave her the black eye the makeup worked. No one … Continue reading

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Chosen

Travis, your cousin, showed you how to masturbate. You were both ten. No one was at home. It was February and rainy. Travis pulled the curtains closed in the TV room and sat next to you on the couch. He … Continue reading

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The placenta of evening stars

After Jim Morrison Children are born navigators. The have crossed torrid wetlands, Slept in tombs full of water, Made love with the dark Before they open eyes and see The mutiny of mundane days, Waiting for the dying Of their … Continue reading

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A Natural History of the United States

Primarily there were rocks, the silicates: quartz, (we’ll list them), feldspars – orthoclase packed in pegmatites made up a vast expanse, trace elements: copper, nickel, twisted knobs of gold in hematite. Obviously, there was water. For example, observe the canyons, … Continue reading

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While I prepare lunch, my lover sulks

He’s been clouding over for a couple of days now. If only the storm were breaking. I am 45 and fed up. While I am cubing the onions he opens another beer. I wipe my nose and cheeks with the … Continue reading

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Window

Liver and onions, potato salad, bologna sandwiches…these were the things we called “dinner.” Our dog, Lunch, never came when called. I’d stand on the stoop at twilight and shout until I sounded like pack-a-day Uncle Jay, but still, my homework … Continue reading

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Discipline

June 1953, the second-floor classroom is motionless in the heat. Miss Johnson balances the long white wooden pole above us. The muscles of her short thick arms are knotted; moisture thickens on her upper lip. She hooks the pole end … Continue reading

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leaning towards the sun

            (for Charles Bukowski) in the old empire they placed milestones on the road to mark the distance from Rome from Senate and slaves Cicero, bread and circuses: life or death in the decision of a dictator’s thumb in reverse they … Continue reading

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black holes and rubber bands

slow moving nights pull stories from the sky from behind your eyes like wondering if we’ll be pulled over for that broken taillight on the short drive home we piece syllables together one by one but from a distance the … Continue reading

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reading by winter seas

there is a quiet storm that gathers inside when the words don’t come when the mess refuses to be made right when the entire history of a civilisation from Socrates down the inner life of a species is drowned beneath … Continue reading

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Salamanca

it was a cold one on the esplanade in Hobart the markets were set up, I was hungover and you somewhat less so, but we managed to walk through it all buy coffee, resist overpriced realist landscapes of locations nondescript … Continue reading

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cartography

grey skies, slick bitumen heartache hurls itself into the world, grateful to be heard—at the place where burnt rubber curved black lines over the edge (the space between two points on a map, erased) I wonder if it was inclination, … Continue reading

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Following the Grain

The speckled path traces a line on which patina time will mark. A clock that chimed important hours, observing prayers and reading page; from clammy palms timidly stretched for reading creases, forward years. A pared wood cup sweat globule-dripped, then … Continue reading

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Western Ghats

Protesting, strain motor engines scream, bearing torque, outside of bends edge-fenced by cliff-hang fall outstripping unbroken unspaced trucks in line. Not losing face, or screen, but hooting lean, as calling on the dashboards’ garland gods, to slip them back in … Continue reading

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Edgware Road

For the last six days, Adoha Okoro has been followed by her own mortality. More than once she’s noticed it loitering around the edges of her perception, as if unwilling to intrude without good reason. It may sound unlikely, but … Continue reading

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Romancing New York

Prologue It was nearly freezing that October night, but I didn’t feel the chill at all as I emerged from the subterranean cabaret club known as Danny’s on W. 46th Street in midtown Manhattan. It was close to midnight and … Continue reading

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Stonehenge

The touch of air to bare skin is searing. But this is what I came here to witness, Stone against stone against sky against time. So I press the warm disembodied voice To my ear again. It says, listen on, … Continue reading

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