Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 1 • Spring 2002 • Poetry

Desire Stays

Daniel W.K. Lee

after Hughes' "Desire"
to Daniel

In naked rooms
with flaming breath
does desire withstand
an exhaled death
Fledgling suns
inside burning cheek
foil his fleeing
after pleasure's moist peak
Moored to mouths
this stubborn desire
which starts in nothing
but lives in fire

Daniel W.K. Lee is a New York City-based artist and writer on a one-man mission to restore the great love and appreciation for love poems. His work has appeared in Masque: A Journal of Queer Expression, ShoutOut Magazine, spoonfed: amerika, Vice, Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America, and Fourteen Hills. A retired go-go dancer / stripper, he now volunteers his talents as the Editorial Content Manager at HOOK -- a non-profit outreach project for, by, and about men in the sex industry, and as the writer of "The Brady Diaries" at Amateur Bastards.

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