When the man on the subway refers to me as It
It becomes a tunnel
without sound, a dark pit.
I fall in
rein back my pride,
chew a bridle of spit--
teeth bite hard to spurn my wild tongue’s fits.
I must be doing something right
if no tits,
a buzzcut and no prick
bring me hate speech in transit.
I have a seat, I sit.
& dream up a palace where I’m King I fit.
I’ve been craving
wanting love, wholeness, but then, I feel it--
a wild orchard of peaches
blooming from one pit.
hey, what’s your name/ brain, traumatized stew
have we met before/ in dreams
i’ve seen you/ around here he is a ritual ingredient/
I was here like fear, splitting my stem
in 2009/ i wish i had no memory
my head/ was shaved/ back then in the dark, me
sorry/ my memory/ it’s terrible in the claw, bruising
but i’m putting it all together/ he made me/ wish i never said
i’ve got to run/ i’m sorry/ i am running
we’ll catch up soon/ i promise i’ll never get caught/
Missed Connection (w4m)
I wasn’t angry when you followed me down the one-way street driving backwards. I must’ve just sent the wrong signal to have you drive away from me so fast. Honestly, I understand—you have some kind of kink around castration and you’re just in the early days of exploring. I’m sorry I came on too strong. I didn’t mean to scare you. Since you’re obviously new at this, here’s some friendly advice: some fantasies are more healthily indulged alone, on the internet, or with experienced professionals—the blood loss can be fatal and I care about your wellbeing. Though, I am flattered that you drove in reverse to follow me down the entire block—that was so romantic! I wish I hadn’t asked so loudly if you wanted your dick bit off, obviously you want more of a tease. It’s cute that you’re so shy! & thanks for saying you liked my mouth, it’s my favorite part of myself too—especially how it wraps around my own teeth.
Muggs Fogarty is a queer poet and teaching artist from Providence, Rhode Island. They are a Co-director of Providence Poetry Slam, the Director of ProvSlam Youth, and a teaching artist at New Urban Arts. Muggs also makes makes music and collage works.
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