a top row of teeth slide out, then slide back out of sight.
slow wide circles, quickening sprints.
the perfect slot will reveal itself;
it just takes patience, gripping, waiting.
An excerpt from a poem that appears in Barrelhouse‘s POP Love! series. They’ve collected so many funny, dreamy, outrageous takes on romance this month; I’m so glad I could contribute my take on the erotics of professional hockey. Read the piece in full here.
Listen—one day you’re gonna find yourself out in the ocean,
in the world, and you’re gonna stop and feel the electric
heartbeat of the entire world in the water around you—
down here, no one is ever alone.
This spring, Strange Horizons put out a call for their summer special, Our Queer Planet. The excerpt comes from my poem chosen for the series, “A Mergirl Speaks of Travels,” which follows a queer scientist-explorer in a futuristic aquatic Earth.
You can read the full poem at Strange Horizons and listen to it here.
What would you do with unlimited power?
Over at Open Letters Monthly, I’m thrilled to have a poem in their February 2016 issue.
I do love this poem a stupid lot; it came out of a collection I worked on about two years ago. A lot of the poems and prose poems were unsalvageable, but I’m still circulating some in hopes of getting them published. The poems riffed on mythology and women from my favorite stories (female characters from history, myths, and literature) and I’m glad that if any part of that collection sees the light of day, it’s this one. (Maybe the Mary Shelley one, too.)
Read the full poem at Open Letters Monthly.