BOYS FROM THE EXCLUSION ZONE

don't kiss: butterflies

aren’t allowed — just violence,

war against something,

the frail code of manhood strewn

every-which-where with your clothes.


against the hotel window

your pestle hips crush

me into the whispering

pulse — something in me

i need to break, butterflies

raging rabid and ribcaged.

 

Lenk

is a first-year MFA student, sometimes fire-spinner, all the time writer out for better queer representation. Currently unagented, he writes poetry, a broad range of fiction, and lyric/hybrid, and has received nominations for prizes such as the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets 2020, and the Walter Dean Myers Award.