Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 2 • Summer 2002 • Poetry

DNA Test

Ragan Fox

O O The truth is a straight jacket being tightened
O O like a noose around your six packed torso,
O O so constrictive, you don't know if you can breathe,
O O scratch an itch, or think straight

O O The truth is found in your father's abandonment,
O O society's not so subtle resentment,
O O the hours you were locked in your room while our mother was out on dates,
O O and the years you were left to fend for yourself

O O The truth is found in a twelve-year old's revelation
O O It is found in his confusion
O O It is found in his forgiveness
O O While an army of degrees passed judgment, took notes,
O O and were given new things to fantasize about

O O The truth is found burned on your palms,
O O marked on your dick,
O O will be studied by scientists in your saliva when you die,
O O and they will find pieces of me there that shouldn't be
O O like cocoons in the barrel of a sawed off shot gun

Ragan Fox is a queer spoken word artist living either in San Francisco, Austin, or Tempe. Ragan received his MA in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the 2000 and 2001 Austin team at the National Poetry Slam. His duet poem, titled "In the Back," was featured in the 2001 National Poetry Slam finals held in Seattle, Washington. His cutting-edge words have appeared in In Our Own Words Volume 3, Mass Produced Goodness, The Multivoice Showcase CD Anthology, and Birth of Verse. In addition to being one of the premier queer slam poets in the nation, he has written, directed, and acted in two award-winning one-man shows, Raganomics and Penises and Vaginas. In the fall of 2002, Ragan will attend Arizona State University's PhD program in Communications. His Web site is Ragan Fo(XXX) [link defunct].

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