All the Forgotten Gods

I would think of all the forgotten gods
But how to conjure from oblivion
The most powerful of them all—Absence?
How to recall what we don’t know is gone

Come a day the way I sense your presence
The smell of the small of your neck the feel
Of your skin the smile of your face tensing
You enter me to reveal the unreal

Strange this light we share in our mirrored eyes
Must be ever receding memory
An echo no power known can preserve
These words this language our love all will be

Forgotten and moreover forgotten
A spiral into the unremembered

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(for Cutty)

Depth Charge: Yes, I have been watching  and reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

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How to Pirouette on a Little Piece of Queer

Harry Giles asked the panel
How they deal
With being the token piece of queer
When allowed to speak
By the mainstream
When the well-meaning feign
Love
While they do everything
They can still
To kill

You
Own it
Said Anne-Marie MacDonald
Use your toe-hold to maintain
Poise
To get the lay of the land
Listen carefully to see
If you are among friends
Enemies or chameleons
Use good manners
These at least will keep us
For stabbing each other in the eye
With our forks

Nick Comilla said this was a challenge
He had yet to face
As he operates
Within chosen confines
Of the sub-culture
Growing
Strong

Sometimes said Kai Cheng Thom
You should stab them
In the fucking eye
With your fork
Toss a grenade onto
The unceded territory
Blow it the fuck up

And pirouette away

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Depth Charge: This piece of re-poet-age, and the license that implies, sprang from The Violet Hour panel held this morning as part of Blue Metropolis.
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The Prophylaxis of Humour

“I am not a bitchy old fag, I am a sad old faggot,” said Sky Gilbert at The Violet Hour reading at Stock Bar in Montreal’s gay village last night.

He had just read two hilarious excerpts from his new book Sad Old Faggot, one about his penis and the other about his asshole, and was introducing a third excerpt about his complicated relationship with other older gay men.

Unlike the other man he was describing, he did not want young gay men to respect him, or acknowledge his history, so he was free from bitterness. He would be happy enough if they would just fuck him.

Listening to, and laughing with, him, I could relate on one level—the strange new territory of growing old—but not on another, because I have found my late forties and fifties to be incredibly rewarding on a personal and sexual level.

Earlier in the evening, Kai Cheng Thom read several blisteringly funny poems based on her experience as an Asian trans woman. I adore humour fueled by rage and she delivered her fury wrapped in cutting laughter. Her new book is a place call No Homeland, as it was sold out by the time I got to the book table, its unknown pleasures and pains still await me.

Very different in form, style and content the readings of both Sky Gilbert and Kai Cheng Thom shared a use of humour that was both defensive and offensive, a ward against future pain and a balm on personal history, post- and pre- exposure prophylaxis, if you will.

Rachel Amey, Peter Dubé, Harry Giles and Catherine Hernandez all read as well, making for a truly remarkable evening.

The Violet Hour is becoming a true treasure.

For the details on the next event on May 23 , check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560113084081981/

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Pass Fail

We all fail the test
Of time with flying colours
We all pass the test

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This winter storm snows my heart

This winter storm snows my heart
xxxxxxxxxxxUnder
xxxMemories of you layered
xxxxxxxxxxxAbove
xxxMe in perfected release
xxxxxxxxxxxBeside
xxxxOurselves delirious
xxxxxxxxxxxFrom
xxThe warmth we generated
xxxxxxxxxxxThen
xLet dissipate like this storm
xxxxxxxxxxxInto
xxxxxImagined isolation
xxxxxxxxxxxNow

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Depth Charge: Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate Brenda Schmidt posted this status update on Facebook: “All this snow storms my heart!” And her sentence stormed this poem into existence.

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In case the rain brings with it cold winds

 

This won’t be the first time I’ve fled
Dying love and self-constructed
Prisons of desperate routine
Those amulets of denial
Rubbed one too many times always
Fail to keep the wolf at the door
Once we howled for each other’s blood
Now we curl up contented tame
Listening to the rain—waiting
To see who’ll make the first move
The slightest twitch and one or both
May make a break for somefarwhere

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for John Rechy

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New York Is a Nazi’s Nightmare

New York is a Nazi’s nightmare
Its multitudinous mixing
Individual communal
Organic dreams all growing
Persistent resistant to
The pale ghosts of purity
Your ostentatious impotent
Tower sings in a tone-deaf tune
A siren song to the venal greedy
Ones who will prostitute themselves
Cringing and begging for scraps
From the tables of the unjust

The Mexican woman selling
Tamales on the street corner
By the Southern Fused restaurant
The busloads of Jewish children
Playing within earshot of drums
Pounding Peruvian rhythms
As an elderly black man walks
Down his street with his leather cap
Declaring the truth I Am Culture
A mix forged from war and horror
Slavery prejudice plague-forced
Migration that has made us strong
Passing a concert hall where we
Wept at the beauty of a song
By a woman who loves women
And dreamed with a man who loves men
About making a better world

You who can only see yourself
When you look into a mirror
Unlike we who can see ourselves
In our fellow humans’ faces
You will perpetrate a million
Unnecessary cruel petty
Injustices and sow sorrows
Where there should be joy and laughter
And we’ll remember those who fall
Victim to your sterilizing
Fantasies and death-dealing schemes
We’ll outlast outlive outlove you
With our songs sinuous and strong

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Rose Main Reading Room

Rows of living dead
Bound—deaf—creatures each speaking
A silent language

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Haiku for jr

Late March turns cold—white—
Snow—covers but can’t conceal
Fresh magnolia buds

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for jr

 

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Vigil

No ten thousand people
Not even ten thousand times ten thousand
Can return to life the six Muslim men
Killed by a single malicious man
But we stand in the cold listening
With silent incomprehension
To a prayer offered to the dead
Behind us two men chant
In rhythms with the speaker
And to our left two small children
Laugh as they play in the snow
Oblivious to the growing crowd
Because they have not been taught
To hate
Yet

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(for Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou,  Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane)

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