Which Is to Say by Adam Day
My parents blessed my birth
with celibacy. An ordinary
and anxious child; I have never
been comfortable underground.
Though I was a member
of the Socialist Party for a time,
initially to meet women
as liberal with their bodies
as with their politics. Eventually,
I embraced Marxism, which is to say
I had lingering doubts
about my masculinity. Ordinariness
has become something
to pursue. In future years
I will be kept from falling
from high places by a sense of responsibility
to loved ones that will fade
into routine. I will become obese
and a dedicated philanderer—my excess
hiding, like god, the tool of my degradation.
ADAM DAY is author of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande, 2015), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship, and a PEN Emerging Writers Award. He directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Bernheim Forest.