The Distant Moon By Rafael Campo

The Distant Moon By Rafael Campo  I Admitted to the hospital again.The second bout of pneumocystis backIn January almost killed him; then,He’d sworn to us he’d die at home.  He bakedUs cookies, which the student wouldn’t eat,Before he left–the kitchen on 5AIs small, but serviceable and neat.He told me stories: Richard Gere was gayAnd sleeping […]

Langston Blue By Jericho Brown

Langston Blue By Jericho Brown “O Blood of the River of songs, O songs of the River of Blood,” Let me lie down. Let my words Lie sound in the mouths of men Repeating invocations pure And perfect as a moan That mounts in the mouth of Bessie Smith. Blues for the angels kicked out […]

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Hair By Francisco Aragón

Hair By Francisco Aragón for M 1. who conceived that ravine or the contour of those slopes Torbay —washing over him as he swims— is trying to say don’t let the barber shave below his collar 2. I love breathing him in my fingers raking his chest a cub wanders the forest after Andrés Montoya […]

The S In “I Loves You, Porgy” By Nabila Lovelace

The S In “I Loves You, Porgy” By Nabila Lovelace makes me think plurality. Maybe I can love youwith many selves. Or. I love all the Porgys.Even as a colloquialism: a queering oflove as singular. English is a strangelanguage because I lovesand He loves are notboth grammarly. I loves you,Porgy. Better to ask what man is not,Porgy.The beauty of […]

I Love You To The Moon By Chen Chen

I Love You To The Moon By Chen Chen not back, let’s not come back, let’s go by the speed of queer zest & stay up there & get ourselves a little moon cottage (so pretty), then start a moon garden  with lots of moon veggies (so healthy), i mean i was already moonlighting as an online moonologist most weekends, so […]

Modern Love: XIX By George Meredith

Modern Love: XIX By George Meredith No state is enviable. To the luck aloneOf some few favoured men I would put claim.I bleed, but her who wounds I will not blame.Have I not felt her heart as ’t were my ownBeat thro’ me? could I hurt her? heaven and hell!But I could hurt her cruelly! […]

A Queerification By Regie Cabico

A Queerification By Regie Cabico —for Creativity and Crisis at the National Mall queer meshift metransgress metell my students i’m gaytell chick fil a i’m queertell the new york times i’m straighttell the mail man i’m a lesbiantell american airlinesi don’t know what my gender islike meliking youlike summer blockbuster armrest datesarmrest cinematic loveelbow to […]

Humoresque By Edna St. Vincent Millay

Humoresque By Edna St. Vincent Millay “Heaven bless the babe!” they said. “What queer books she must have read!” (Love, by whom I was beguiled, Grant I may not bear a child.) “Little does she guess to-day What the world may be!” they say. (Snow, drift deep and cover Till the spring my murdered lover.) […]

You Love, You Wonder By Brenda Shaughnessy

You Love, You Wonder By Brenda Shaughnessy You love a woman and you wonder where she goes all night in some tricked-out taxicab, with her high heels and her corset and her big, fat mouth. You love how she only wears her glasses with you, how thickand cow-eyed she swears it’s only ever you she wants […]

Dreaming of Lesbos By Tatiana De La Tierra

Dreaming of Lesbos By Tatiana De La Tierra I can enter the morning with traces of an eternal dream: to liveon a planet of women. we sing in the fertile forest, caress onlavender hills, bathe beneath cascades of clear waters. and justlike that, nude and wet, we mount each other’s bodies. ourdesire is a whale […]