Ode to the Dancers

March 20, 2020

Persecuted desires in pitch black 
    play pretend-dance 
on tables teetering toward 


viewed through pin-holes 
    wait, no, I’m sorry, bullet-holes 
into the love now wounded because of 
    bold, brave men and women 
compelled to glance, not at each 
other, nor the same other, 
    but toward the soft 

riddled pockets of moonlight puncture 
    drywall, windows, skin 
in an attempt to raise the spirits 

an alone-boy gently traces his steps, 
discovering the moonlight was a street lamp 
and he was still without a voice  




he, him, his

College of Arts & Sciences 

Class of 2020, English & Media Studies 


Alex loves to write short stories (mostly in the genres of young adult fiction and science fiction) and poetry when he's feeling particularly inspired. He currently works at the Writing Center, which combines his passions for writing and helping others. His goal is to work in publishing, specifically young adult fiction, to help share stories with those who need it most in terms of shaping their identities—kids and teens. He also loves to run and cook despite being mediocre at both. His other, more creative, involvement is his position as a peer reviewer/editor at the Movable Type Media Studies Journal. 




“Ode to the Dancers” was inspired by Andrea Gibson's poetry, specifically her spoken-word poem “Orlando,” which is an elegy for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Alex's poem reflects on the anxieties queer people face while holding up their ability to endure in an increasingly volatile political/social climate. Other artists he admires are the gay, young adult fiction writer Adam Silvera, as well as two of his favorite poets, Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. 


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