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Poem: "Mendelevium" at "Red Tree Review"


The final poem from Periodic Boyfriends to find a home prior to the book's publication is the sonnet "Mendelevium." This poem concerns the man who first led me down the rabbit hole of online cruising yet the titular element itself is paradoxically the last one to be discovered within the Actinide family. All the other Actinide poems are focused on men I met via Grindr and Scruff yet never met in person (at least at the time of composition). But including this ode in the collection's sub-section of virtual lovers felt right to me.


Mendelevium

True Story: The queen who introduced me

to online dating was a fellow souse

who favored Russian vodka – in those days,

a weakly effective bond. I went to

his place twice, first after his hemorrhoid

operation. (He asked if I would like

to see his newly shaven crack. Um, no.)

Our second “date,” he logged into a chat

room where he initiated contact

with this classic: “GWM ISO

deep relationship. How big is your dick?”

I laughed long and hard. He grew bewildered.

I explained: Too much, too soon. Looking back,

I would say he was ahead of his time. First published in Red Tree Review, Issue 3 (May 2023). Image courtesy of Pixabay.

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