Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 6 • Summer 2003 • Poetry


Alan Pedder

Eden came upon me
so quietly, i couldn't
trace him back to the source
his mysterious blend
of smooth contours
navigates into my dreamings
exploring that which lies concealed in
these hitherto uncharted regions;
a sentient intercourse

adamant that, in our
sudden repose, the
prognosis was better than ever
he made a clever play
for time, and bit the shin-
ing apple from both sides
embracing all of my shades and i
saw Jesus in a prom dress chanting
"God is good... God is straight"

if i wrote my name across his heart
it was just a cry for help.

Alan Pedder is a PhD student in Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. This is the first time his poetry has been formally published, but a feature on gay poets is scheduled to appear in reFRESH magazine and a paper on haplotype reconstruction in the scientific journal, Genetic Epidemiology. He has recently completed work on his first collection of poems, A Swan Dive With No Safety Net, and is looking to get them published in the next year or so.

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