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seduction by Christopher Soden

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i cannot stop thinking
about you lost as usual
in a tango of growls
and bites and swallowing
whatever spills from our
sketchy history grief
and sweet gobbledygook
if only i could come
up from behind and kiss
you deep and ponderous
as an undiscovered
galaxy then slip my arm
under your chin if only
our swinging cocks
could jangle merrily
as spontaneous opera
gilbert and sullivan
erupting from daffy
parade of scalding bourbon
shots and chili sprackling
with stinging tomatillo
and red onion all i can
feel (like prometheus)
is your teeth sunk
in my guts why are you
here what are you asking
i should snap your neck
i should gulp your gooey
spit we should fuck
in a broken lifeboat
till we are sealed
in the hush of endless
ocean sleep if only
the blue rapacious soul
of winter would leave
us desolate blokes alone


Christopher Stephen Soden received his MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January of 2005. He teaches craft, theory, genre and literature. He writes poetry, plays, literary, film and theatre critique for sharpcritic.com and EdgeDallas. Christopher’s poetry collection, Closer was released by Rebel Satori Press on June 14th, 2011. He received a Full Fellowship to Lambda Literary’s Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices in August 2010. His performance piece: Queer Anarchy received The Dallas Voice’s Award for Best Stage Performance. Water and A Christmas Wish were staged at Bishop Arts and Radio Flyer and Every Day is Christmas. In Heaven. at Nouveau 47. Other honors include: Distinguished Poets of Dallas, Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion Series, Founding Member, President and President Emeritus of The Dallas Poets Community. His work has appeared in: Rattle, The Cortland Review, 1111, Peculiar, Briar’s Lit, Typishly, F(r)iction, G & L Review, Chelsea Station, Glitterwolf, Collective Brightness, A Face to Meet the Faces, Resilience, Ganymede Poets: One, Gay City 2, The Café Review, The Texas Observer, Sentence, Borderlands, Off the Rocks, The James White Review, The New Writer, Velvet Mafia, Poetry Super Highway, Gertrude, Touch of Eros, Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians, Windy City Times, ArLiJo, Best Texas Writing 2.

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