Casey Clague is my first featured poet who is local to me here in the Tampa Bay area. They just completed their MFA in Creative Writing from University of South Florida. Listen to them read a couple of poems and learn more about their future goals and their interest in literary criticism and what they do for the local literary/art community in Tampa.
Casey Clague holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. They live in Tampa where they cofounded the Read Herring reading series and serve as Assistant Poetry Editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Critical and creative work appears or is forthcoming in Action, Spectacle; Permafrost; Gravel;
A MAN ON THE INTERNET
tells me cis and trans are made
-up words and he refuses to use them.
Imagine—if we had to split
the creaks and grunts the Earth
makes on its own.
One for each person,
plaqued in bronze, worn as a necklace
so not to fingerprint them in our human way.
Yet he says gender,
he says certainty. Imagination.
Says of all the ways to know a person, it has to be on my terms.
It isn’t words I object to, but the mouth
that insists I invented myself.
Would he say this even if he knew
I loved a boy once before I knew they were a they
and my love didn’t change with words, but I did.
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