SENTINEL POETRY #17
APRIL 2004

POEMS BY

ROBERTA A. McQUEEN
Five Poems

MICHAEL SMITH
Upstream

QUINA L. FELDSTEIN
In The Corner

AKINBOLA E. AKINWUNMI
Baptism

JOHN BRYAN
Five Poems

DAVID E. HOWERTON
Five Poems

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JOHN BRYAN


JACK BE NIMBLE, JACK BE QUICK ...
 
when i was 22 ( 23 ) and not
for any kind of penile research
i shoved a 12'' candle
up the opposing gender
of my species, unlit
 
with      in the dark
 
i could'nt see
 
       expression only
 
quivering light
 
from      consent
 
this wiggling shish kebab
later said it was
akin to shoving my finger
down her throat
 
making     gag
 
- all phallic
representations are
purely coincidental
& emphatically
denied, least at the time -
 
in daylight there was
no need for a tall, dark flambeau
my digit slick, wet
had extinguished
the flame.

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