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Faggot

October 27, 2009

by Dustin Brookshire

I own the word
like you own your name,
let it roll off my tongue
and grate you like cheese.
Faggot.
Yes, I said it.
You’re not deaf.
I don’t stutter.
It’s the word you want
to use against me,
pour over my body
like boiling water.
Baby, I can stand the heat.
It’s a word
I once used.
Anthony. Faggot.
Brian. Faggot.
Lamar. Faggot.
It even tried to haunt:
Dustin. Faggot.
But I,
I deal the word
like a shark in Vegas.

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Dustin Brookshire is a poet and activist. He’s the founder of Project Verse, Quarrel, and Poetry Swap. Visit him at dbrookshire.blogspot.com.

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  1. N de la flor
    October 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Fantabulous!

  2. October 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Wow. I love the short lines in this and the way the imagery turns the word.

  3. jessiecarty
    October 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    well done Dustin! Love to hear you read :) You so own it!

  4. angela
    October 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    So, so nice.

  5. John
    October 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Wonderful as always, Dustin.

  6. elizabeth
    October 28, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Power indeed.

  7. poeticgrin
    November 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    “It’s a word
    I once used.
    Anthony. Faggot.
    Brian. Faggot.
    Lamar. Faggot.”

    Flex those poetic muscles, boy!

  8. Julie Weber
    December 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I love the “pour over my body like boiling water,” reminiscent of the Inquisition, levered over in your reclaiming.

  9. January 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Great! “like a shark in Vegas.” Priceless. You are fantastic!

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