and I will saunter out of life a stag / an inverted stamen—
the color / of an unwatched sky / on planet venus,
caked in spit and pollen / with FAGGOT tattooed on my tongue.
KORBIN JONES is a Pushcart-nominated writer who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with degrees in Writing and in Spanish, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Poetry at the University of Kansas. His translation of Pablo Luque Pinilla’s poetry collection, SFO: Pictures and Poetry about San Francisco, was published by Tolsun Books (2019). His debut collection of poetry, songs for the long night., was published by QueerMojo (2019) and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. His debut chapbook, MOONSICK, was released by Finishing Line Press (2020). He works as editor-in-chief and head designer for Fearsome Critters.