That's the Game, Boys

Laura McCullough

Excerpted from Lux & Cyborg, Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest Notable

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Tea bag dunk, junk on display, sex for sisters,
misters may, you’re all in the game now, boys
sucked right in, draping themselves in velvet, I
got a crush, who doesn’t want beauty, can I
make that declaration? Mixed up vamps and
‘pires, shame and surety, sparkle crotch, grinding
at LUXX til 2am then a dunk in the sea,
dirty Atlantic, roll in the sand, grit on
your behind, running as fast as you can, wind,
I am the wind, waiting for the sun to burn
the line of night away, the cameras can’t
lose this man, please save it for posterity.

Laura McCullough's books of poetry include Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press), Panic (winner of a 2009 Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books), Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies, An Integrity of Aloneness: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press, and Essays on Poetry and Race: the Task of Un/Masking, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. She is the editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and an editor at large for TranStudies Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction from Goddard College, and her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, The Birmingham Review, The Florida Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Writer's Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others.