July 13, 2018
Basil (Gillian) Lee
I do not want to die where I was born
today it is taking all of my strength
to keep my weeping, swollen
eyelids open now and again pressing them
with cold spoons and my own cold
fingers I only wish telephones still were slow
and had beautiful rings
and curling cords. Where I was born
is the sour seat of the shameful empire
and too hot in the summer
My eyes are not so sweet as the little
cherries in the jar nor as pink
nor as velvety
how does this girl make me feel
like such a boy when I’m fucking her
I’m asking because I’ll never know
I’m asking for when the mystery
swells large enough to touch
BASIL (GILLIAN) LEE
they, them, theirs
College of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2017, English, Area Program in Poetry Writing
Basil (Gillian) Lee writes about language and life as a queer person in the scary, lovely world. They are also a printmaker, musician, and book artist. T...
July 11, 2018
We brighten in our twinkling; do you hear /
that? The collective question, the sky shuffles its coat, /
a pumping set of butterfly wings enters, stopped in one life but stronger than anything /
Being so young, I always had that outside smell, you know?
The aroma something akin
to the hum-drum banter of cicadas, the unabashed little bastards would
strip down and leave their garments
neatly ironed and hung in the rich shade of the magnolia trees. I was jealous.
Look at how they could just take that stink off!!
But me––the thick Virginia haze beckons to freshly laid tar, says, Hey gooey,
won’t you come up out of there?
June 24, 2017
I’ve got a closet I can’t escape, bruises and scrapes from doing what I love, but when push comes to shove I’m gonna be strong because who I love won’t be wrong. He stares.
I find myself in this predicament often /Surrounded by young men /And I whispered, /“Oh gosh, this is my life.”
Deep in the dark I hide,
That’s where my true self resides.
Sexual Abilities: The Intersection of Disabled and LGBTQ Identities
I Do Not Want to Die
Queer Culture Is
The Little Macaroon
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