Wank by Dale Booton

I picture him bringing himself off    eyes glued

to the lucid screen of men in their prime    heated bodies thrashing

against the cold glare of the camera

forced moans    inherent script    the rock-and-roll

lullaby of fucking    I reckon

he would time it    strum himself to the point of relief

then stop    settle    keep himself

at pleasure    not pleased    wouldn’t want

a suddenness of frenzied excitement to pour out too soon

thick wades of his labour    wasted

like champagne bottles at Grand Prix races    and he’d imagine

himself with them    character boyfriend

or stepbrother home early from work or the gym

would return and taste adultery with a generous swig    and finish

Dale Booton (he/him) is a queer poet from Birmingham. His poetry has been published in various places, such as Verve, Young Poets Network, Ligeia, Queerlings, Fahmidan, Tealight Press, Dreich, Spelt, Acid Bath Publishing, Corporeal, en*gendered, The North, and Muswell Press. He recently hosted the Young Poets Takeover at Verve Poetry Festival. Twitter: @BootsPoetry

By Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola, Florida. Her sonnets and stories have appeared in Glass, Five:2:One, Cheap Pop, X-R-A-Y Lit, Rhythm & Bones Lit, TERSE. Journal, Isacoustic*, Mojave Heart Review, SWWIM Miami, Feminine Collective, A Restricted View From Under The Hedge, Barren Magazine, Dark Marrow, Rag Queen Periodical, Sidereal Magazine, Work To A Calm Zine, Fly On The Wall Poetry, Collective Unrest, Pulp Poets Press, Tiny Flames Press, Bone & Ink Press, Wyrd & Wyse, Constellate Journal, Awkward Mermaid, The Ginger Collect, Pussy Magic, The Pangolin Review, Rabid Oak, Burning House Press, Rose Quartz Journal, Bone & Ink Press, Cauldron Anthology, Porridge Magazine, Luna Luna, Quail Bell Magazine, Neologism Poetry Journal, Speculative 66, The Blue Pages, Pink Litter, The Mystic Blue Review, Rise Up Review, Lonesome October Lit, Peculiars Magazine, Cabinet of Heed, Deracine Magazine, Tepid Autumn, Rising Phoenix Review, Rumblefish Press, Murmur Journal, Foxglove Journal, Water Soup Press, Here Comes Everyone: The Brutal Issue Spider Mirror Journal, The New Southern Fugitives, The Cerurove, Horny Poetry Review, Wanton Fuckery, Three Drops From A Cauldron, Ghost City Review, 8 Poems Journal, The Sophomore, Picaroon Poetry, Soft Cartel, Chantarelle's Notebook, Former Cactus, Drunk Monkeys, Midnight Lane Boutique, Infernal Ink, Horror Tree, Anti-Heroin Chic, Quail Bell Magazine , Mookychick, Infernal Ink, Occulum , Digging Through the Fat and No Other Tribute: Erotic Tales of Women in Submission (an anthology)

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