Poems

Wildflowers

Image: Pharoah Egbuna (Durham, NC) Poem: Rashida James-Saadiya (Durham, NC) I’m not seeing spirits they live here under skin embedded in bone    a constant reminder there are white jackets lurking beyond your door don’t move they will smell you…

Dear Black Gay Boy

Jhonathan Hill (Greensboro, NC) Dear black gay boy You are… dramatic too over the top too colorful too involved Dear black gay boy you are life he opens up his lips and speaks to the air it listens Will you…

Rainbow Hearts

Andrew Monteith (Portland, Oregon) Hey! I got something I need to say. Gotta get this off my chest Gotta give my heart a rest Cause I know this planet spinning In this war that I’m not winning This battle that…

Gracefully Trans

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) Being gracefully transgender is… …Being comfortable being transgender… …Without apology… …Without complacency… …Without letting fear paralyze me… …Expressing myself in kindness… …With gentleness… …With firmness… …With joy… …Becoming who I am… …All I am.

Will I Be Touched

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) Can I be Touched? Will I let you Dare? Am I Desired, Even There? Oh touch, oh Touch Thou art Aware! Oh care, oh Care, For I am Fair? See Within and Look Without! Is…

A Voice

Andrew Garvey (Des Plaines, IL) Nobody knows what to call you, Is it he? She? They? …..no never they, they is plural.. you can’t use they singularly. It? Sometimes.. rather than use they and make them a person. Use it…

Girl Shoes For Sale. Never Worn.

Zizia Swan (Meadville, PA) Johnny can’t go home. He wants to… Sometimes, But there’s someone, Something more like, Who wears a mask. Someone (something), Who takes his seat At the table Every morning. Someone (something), Who says, “Morning Dad.” Dad…

720 Modes

By ShaNeia (Siigh) Lawrence (Greensboro, NC)   The cause of my reaction has been following me with every breath I breath. It is as if reality has become a wide screen epic, even though I find it hard to believe, my…

Self Portrait As The Cosmos

Milo Gallagher (Sheldon, SC) You misgender me and I take my earrings off feeling like a fish mistaken for a deer Shame seeps in like oil I am far away already I am signs of life in another galaxy I…

Of 99.5% or 5%

By ShaNeia(Siigh) Lawrence (Greensboro, NC)   99.5% of the time I like to say I’ve been consistent Steady to this label that society hold so dear Steady to fit inside the boundaries That I’m almost sure will always be Impossible to…

Does She Know I’m Trans?

Jermanni E.S. Cooper (Rocky Mount, NC) Does she know Does she know Does she know!… that I am trans We sit there looking at each other through a tiny glass screen. I’m falling for her every time she talks, every…

Hymn To Life

Lizzie Francis (Brooklyn, NY) It rained today, a big one. The kind that cracks the linoleum sky, clouds like pipes 
 bursting through the ceilings until God turns the water to the house off. I should clarify: I probably don’t…

Toxic Masculinity Blues

Ben Fisher (Greensboro, NC)   No fats No femmes Masculinity above all else I remember him saying, “I want to date a man. I have no respect for drag queens.” Let’s be clear The sissies and the fairies Are the…

Retitled

Peter Muniz Jr (Greensboro, NC) What is it about love that we crave so much? Now I know this is a kind of a cliché question to start off with but it still has yet to be answered. Is it…

Growth

Nathan Cornell (Greensboro, NC) The failed exposition; hereafter Pocketing ‒ praying ‒ pining For salvation; for rapture in Anybody ‒ anywhere ‒ anything To make it easier: cover the wound; Silence ‒subdue ‒ survive The fascination; obsess over the Passion…