At the Reading of a Famous Homosexual Poet
I fret over the comfort of Terrance,
who unfolds across the aisle to my right.
I fret over the comfort of Tim, one row in front on my left,
and I fret over the comfort of Dylan and Cory, behind me,
third row from the back.
I have brought us here.
My students. My boys.
a wig I wear.
In his jeans, oxford shirt, and Yankees cap
D.A. Powell works undercover, a suburban dad,
come to penetrate third base,
come to perpetrate some poetry,
come to play ball
and shove us face-first
dick-down in the dirt.
I miss the whole thing
with my fretting.
Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts and two poetry chapbooks, Panic & Joy and Double Life. She teaches at Chatham University, where she is poetry editor of The Fourth River. She was recently a writer-in-residence at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland.
This issue of Chelsea Station was co-edited by
Mitch Kellaway, AJ Sass, and Noah Grabeel.