Page One (Excerpt)

Adjust (part one) [from the book No Jewels]

to believe my tale

required forgetting how

the world views its boys

earning angst from this

did not flag rainbow colors

over my manhood

did not indicate

my fruity or softness scale —

it just asked: “please help?

“i have spent time draped

in the spit and sweat of wolves

twice each wanted flesh

“he failed when i fled

she found success with love —

a lying-type love”