The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®

 

Timothy Liu

Bareback

 

My father slowly
takes his time
working his way

into my ass—
one finger followed
by another with

all my siblings
now climbing into
the same bed

hoping to figure
out how much
more our family

can really take—

 

Timothy Liu

My Mother, My Whore

 

She looked more
like a machine
 
with belts coming
loose than a mouth
 
rinsed out with suds
for having taken
 
one too many loads.


Timothy Liu

Snapchat: AWP

 

Put up or shut up
is all I wanted
to say to the one
 
preening around
 
the hotel room
like a peacock
waiting to be
 
stuffed. Strike
 
the iron while
it's hot! my mentor
liked to say
 
while sinking
 
into a claw foot
tub—cock
laced with suds.
 
Some things
 
ought to be
seen once and
never again—
 
an MFA grad
 
on the rag
doing practice
splits above
 
a mule kicking
 
up its heels
while publishers
get sucked
 
off in the john—

 

 

 

TIMOTHY LIU's most recent book of poems is Don’t Go Back To Sleep. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. http://timothyliu.net

 

 

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