A finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, Punks: New and Selected Poems by John Keene is published by The Song Cave. The editors are Ben Estes and Alan Felsenthal and the agent is Jonah Straus. The winner will be announced on May 11. Here is a poem from this collection:
Ten Things I Do Every Day
Floss my throat wash my feet then glower kiss Curtis at 7:30 to shake him feed Kitty philosophical tenders stroll the valley of dearth to Journal Square keep the faith like a Benedictine under the Hudson Work like a yo-yo nap like bear address endless emails to forgotten writers jack the meter to stand tall drink lust as if it were spring water walk through the Mews when the coast is near leave my friends and shadows generous margins for error
“Ten Things I Do Every Day” from Punks © 2021 by John Keene. Reprinted with permission of The Song Cave. All rights reserved.