The 2021 Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue

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Poor You, It Isn't Going to Be Easy to Slake Me

By Tommye Blount

Retouched, a double-tapped vision:

this white man's countenance;

then, underneath it, another: monument

of whiteness—one makes room

for another; one jawline rightward

shifts; the gaze of the other eyes

me, as if it wants to put to rest

not a lesson in pillage. An admission

—don't make me

say it—to say there are waves of bodies

shifting, a bed rocked by the "primitive,"

loopholes in their biology, no holes

in the white sails, more holes in the sheets,

the held ghosts of so many

forced entries and exits negotiating

each other; a future made of nothing

but churned whiteness. Is it not a chain;

this historical feed of I want

what I want? And do I not want to be

more than witness, to be closer

to this white chin, under its cover,

a white with which to lie. Can you hear me,

blond head? Lie against me in the bed

you didn't make. Like your great great grandfather,

touch my unmastered face—

I promise to know nothing—check my teeth,

my nose—don't I too have your nose?

Oh, baby, you've got my nose

opened in your eyes' deep blue

of good boy, good boy. It's too late to leave,

come back to this bed; get back under

the soiled sheet. After all this time,

am I not still thirsty for your hooded cock?

Tommye Blount is the author of What Are We Not For (Bull City Press) and Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books)­, a 2020 finalist for the National Book Award, a 2021 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, a 2021 finalist for Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award, and others.



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