“By the way, it’s They/Them/Theirs”

By DARIUS JOHNSON Parentheses: “a word, clause, or sentence inserted as an afterthought into a passage that is grammatically complete without it” i looked at my body and asked it what it needed to be complete— and it sighed … a heavy ,wheezing  sigh… bereft of comfort and bereft of hope, a sigh like someone carrying too much. like an expectation… or a dick— or a dick that comes with expectations. a sigh like stuck, sigh sticky air thick with a masculinity i don’t understand – a voice not fond of deepness a hand too fond of softness it sighed …






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By DARIUS JOHNSON those who don’t know the loss of kin will feel grief, unending , when the rapture comes. how do you choose who to cry for?    how do you choose who you will allow to leave salt stains    on your sallow skin     or whose crucifixion you will watch?    by the age of 18 my brethren will have hands     that know blister more than calm    that know the weight of a cross    and how high to carry their bleeding father up to Calvary —    how far away to place …






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the first thing they teach you in bible school is the original sin the first exodus of the human race out of the garden where God grew our flesh and watched it wilt under the weight of falling apples and cognizance when he used the earth as seed to grow the first bodies the stench of our curious liquor more poisonous than snake’s venom brought draught to the soil… Adam’s eyes, filled with breasts for the first time, watered— half insatiable like mouth beholding prey half irritable like saint beholding devil the scar on his ribcage burned and his first …






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