Closet Mantra

                                        If I
                                             If I could
                                   just get
                                             get all
                              all those balls
                                             balls and arms
                               arms and legs
                                             legs and crotch perfumes
                                  right here
                                             here inside with me
                               I might never
                                             I might never have to tell
                           never tell anyone
                                             anyone at all
                                  I’m queer!
                                             queer! queer! queer!


Queer poet Louie Clay (né Louie Crew), an Alabama native and an emeritus professor at Rutgers, lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest ‘Cut’ Clay, his husband of 40 years. As of June 30, 2014, he has appeared in 2,338 publications.