Queer Folk


this was a one-quarry town


God made it that way


hovers over the face of the deep like a twinkled foreclosure


sometimes I swim there

sometimes I get high and see my face in the water


it doesn’t mean much


that was the year we were supposed to get a Walmart


some people say it still might happen


one time I did mushrooms with Jimmy

I saw some regular-sized cows


I was more sick than anything


in the parking lot whose frightened child is this

is a typical kind of question


one keeps

to themselves


I think my favorite summer

was when Mickey Mantle hit 54 home runs


that was when I was supposed to sign up for the army

but even that fell through


I think how I see things now


is maybe how my daddy used to

say his unenjoyment check just came in


when I go down to the water

where the fathers and their fathers used to work stone


the size of a mammoth’s skull

the dumb magic of a Cyclops


I feel the diving lesson that won’t take inside me


spitting the drowned Phoenician back up


even what’s left of the shallows refusing


I want to say something like I am my own ossuary


but people don’t know how to say

those types of things


no one to tell really that doesn’t already know

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