Have a Problem? Write a Poem

Have a problem? Write a poem. Don’t worry, here at Make You Write a Poem, we’ve got you covered. Covered in cut-up newspaper. Oh, you didn’t hear? The poems are already here, you just have to find them. Unfortunately, the problems are here as well. What, you think that’s not your problem? You’re the oneContinue reading “Have a Problem? Write a Poem”

Happy Birthday, Dad

Content note: this piece deals with addiction, abuse, and intergenerational trauma. I wish my father a happy birthday.He tells me he’s drinking again,And that he hardly heard from anyone.I can only ever write poems about him. Write back, he always says.His emails come quickly, contain hardly anything.Write back, he always says.Write back. I have toContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Dad”

A Nest of Lies

Those little things thatDon’t add upOr make sense.Those things thatDon’t sit quite right.Are they concealing something larger? When, finally, we lift this old stone from the mossy earth,Will we find, writhing on the ground,Churning in the dirt,Attempting to flee the scene,Creatures without mouths, without eyes? In place of a man, will we find a nestContinue reading “A Nest of Lies”

I Like to Walk

I like to walk through urban wastelands.I like to walk where I won’t stumble upon anyone.I like to walk where the grass is dead and the buildings are disused.I like to walk past peeling billboards, abandoned advertisements.I like to walk out of pedestrian-friendly zones, out of friendly zones.I like to walk in areas only meantContinue reading “I Like to Walk”

I’m on Testosterone, You’re in a Corset

Content note: this piece discusses transphobia. I’m on testosterone.You’re in a corset.You’re more visible than me,So you’re treated differentlyAt this event, within this scene.It’s like people don’t quite knowWhat to do with you.They think they know what to do with me,But they call me a girl,Indicating they really don’t. Is it a warm welcomeIf theyContinue reading “I’m on Testosterone, You’re in a Corset”