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The Erotic Is a Measure Between
Your body is not my pommel horse
nor my Olympic pool or diving board.
Your body is not my personal Internet
channel nor my timeline,
nor my warm Apollo spotlight.
Your body is not my award
gala. Your body is not my game—
preseason or playoffs.
Your body is not my political party
convention. Your body is not
my frontline or my war’s theatre.
Your body is not my time
trial. Your body is not my entrance
exam or naturalization interview.
I am a citizen of this skin—that
alone—and yours is not to be
passed nor won. What is done—
when we let our bodies sharpen
the graphite of each other’s bodies
—is not my test, not my solo
show. One day I’ll learn. I’ll prove
I know how to lie with you without
anticipating the scorecards of your eyes,
how I might merely abide—we two
unseated, equidistant from the wings
in a beating black box, all stage.
|January 18, 2011||You Know||Mary Jo Bang|
|December 21, 2011||You Envelop Me [Excerpt]||Laynie Browne|
|March 27, 2015||You are perfect for me||Rebecca Wolff|
|July 14, 2012||You Are Fire Eaters||Marianne Moore|
|May 07, 2012||You and Your Ilk||Thomas Lux|
|March 14, 2012||You & I Belong in This Kitchen||Juan Felipe Herrera|
|January 08, 2015||Yolanda: A Typhoon||Sarah Gambito|
|April 12, 2009||Yellow Bowl||Rachel Contreni Flynn|
|June 07, 2013||Year of the Tiger||Miguel Murphy|
|September 13, 2011||Year of the Amateur||Cathy Park Hong|