Poems

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…

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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…

Queer as in Disabled

Bill Pappas (Chapel Hill/Carborro/Boone/Asheville, NC) (author’s note: I am writing this in response to my anonymous piece “Human Illumination Virus” from last issue. I can no longer remain in the shadow of stigma and therefore I choose to be stronger.…

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Robert Braxton (Crystal River, Florida) It was a time and place no one wanted to be. No one knew if it would be you or me. The loss of friends, I could have been a lost friend too. Some said…

Family Fears

Sean Trull (Greensboro, NC) Personally, I struggle with acting out. Not because I’m uncomfortable, or because I’m in any physical danger, but because I’m afraid of judgment. Even when I know that yes, now I need to act out, now…

Restless Thoughts

Walt Rakestraw (Greensboro, NC) Love is very strange, If you search, You can’t find it, If you leave it be, It will find you, Everyone wants “Love”, And everyone expects others to find “Love”, It’s a way of life, But…

The Perfect Imperfect Love

Shawn Tyler Hardin (Greensboro, NC) One looks upon the rose And cannot but help To admire it’s beauty And one cannot help But to want that rose To pick and cherish it Not a soul in the world Would not…

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Elizabeth LeJeune (Oakland, CA) I refuse the melancholia of little girls without mothers. I will not accept senselessly prolonged sadness. I don’t know who that woman was. How could I miss someone I don’t know? I miss the idea thrown…

The Summer

Michael Johnson (Lincoln, NE) I have glimpsed in my dream last night that which may be no more than a dream. It comes, from somewhere in the sands of time, moving its liquid thighs, sloughing through the air and rippling…

rapture/rupture

Cynthia Lee (Greensboro, NC) I. beloved, our love was not enough you were my mirror when you moved i moved me an imperfect copy you opening inside of me but as much as i tried, i was not enough II.…

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Robert Braxton (Crystal River, Florida) I look at him I see beauty. I look at his body I see desire. I look at his hands I see want. I look at his face I see wishes. I look in his…

I am duality.

Eliana Weiner (Greensboro, NC) One day I am ‘they’ – dressed like every Queer living in Brooklyn and the next I am ‘she’ – wearing a flower crown, long skirt, and bare feet. I should not have to have a…