Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 10 • Summer 2004 • Poetry

You're back from Provincetown

John Del Peschio

You're back from Provincetown
or Mykonos
or the Pines
fresh from the sun--
bright orange joy jell--
and another man's arms.
I hate every gay bar you've ever entered,
every gay beach you've ever been.
Not that I wouldn't like to believe
sex simple,
men disposable
and the heart nothing but a quick pump.
It's not so.
Open your mouth, beloved,
and let my bitterness dissolve
in that sweet sea.

John Del Peschio's work appears in the current issue of modern words. His poem "fifi the dangerous fag dog" opens the anthology Queer Dog, from Cleis Press, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg. His contact information is available through the directory of writers at Poets & Writers.

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