Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-08-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Loaded
by Gerard Wozek
2005-06-22

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


From the Associated Press, August 28, 1999:

A jury decides for the second time that Jonathan Schmitz

is guilty of second-degree murder in the killing

of a gay acquaintance who revealed a crush

on the Jenny Jones talk show. He faces up to fifty years in prison.

Thirteen seconds of bliss

to feel the weight of your drunken body,

to dance with your shoulder wedged

around my neck, your sweat

wetting my bearded cheek.

We laughed in our vermouth stupors

joked about two men kissing. You balked.

I covered my obvious swoon. The ominous

way you fell silent, flashing on your father,

his hunting rifle. Exposed, stumbling

like a deer who senses a poacher,

you cocked your head back,

shook sober: Well, I'm no faggot!

But all summer you had been daring me

letting your foot rest on mine at the beach

slapping my back, lifting your eyebrows,

mixing our Stolis, slowly licking the swizzler.

Nights at the bonfires, the two of us

in a boozy haze, even loaded I couldn't say it.

Those champagne and strawberry fantasies

blurted out on that talk show were a fragment

of what was crowded inside of me.

A full cartridge, twice-pulled trigger

won't end my life. I live in the trees,

disguised as sky. Everytime you touch

yourself, in every impulse

of desire, hear my voice, see my face,

my shadow partnering the solitary waltz

of your limping, wounded elk steps.

Gerard Wozek is the author of 'Dervish' which won the Gival Press Poetry Award.  He teaches writing at Robert Morris College in Chicago.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

BOOKS Achy Obejas talks 'The Tower of the Antilles' 2017-08-09
BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir 2017-08-09
BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy 2017-08-02
Andersonville hosting new shopping series 2017-07-26
BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past 2017-07-26
BOOKS Steven Gaines explores memories in 'One of These Things First' 2017-07-19
BOOKS Brandon Hayes turns his camera toward U.S. parks 2017-07-12
BOOKS Clinton Kelly talks love and 'Hate' 2017-07-05
BOOKS Nathaniel Frank chronicles the road to marriage equality 2017-06-28
W&CF bookstore makes HuffPo list 2017-06-21
BOOKS 'In Bed' with activist Anne-christine d'Adesky 2017-06-21
BOOKS 'Ghosts of St. Vincent's': A talk with Tom Eubanks 2017-06-21
BOOKS Well-'Dunne': Author on life of legendary writer/producer 2017-06-13
BOOKS Janet Mock paves way for LGBTQ storytellers 2017-06-07
Feminist bookstore Women & Children First has Pride all month 2017-05-26
BOOKS 'Doll Parts': Talking with Amanda Lepore 2017-05-17
BOOKS Emily Hobson talks 'Gay and Lesbian Left' at Newberry 2017-05-03
W&CF bookstore makes HuffPo list 2017-05-02
BOOKS Honduras and the U.S.: Distant neighbors, common struggles 2017-04-26
Bookstores create #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge for Independent Bookstore Day 2017-04-20
BOOKS Psychiatrist talks about 'Letting Go of Living Straight' 2017-04-05
BOOKS Partner violence among LGBTQs presents unique challenges 2017-03-29
BOOKS Roxane Gay returns to Chicago to talk about 'Difficult Women' 2017-03-22
BOOKS 'Kings and Queens' peeks into LGBT people's homes 2017-03-08
Two books examine future of LGBT spaces: Boystown and The Sex Effect 2017-02-28
Women's History Month coming to Women and Children First Books 2017-02-28
BOOKS Pink and Brown in the White House: Talking with Moe Vela 2017-01-18
THE AMAZON TRAIL The mightiest of books 2017-01-11
In Chicago 'Writers Resist' in their neighborhoods Jan. 15 2016-12-23
BOOKS Activist Cleve Jones rises above it all 2016-12-14
BOOKS Bestsellers at Women & Children First 2016-12-14
Books: Great holiday gifts 2016-12-06
Chicago's Featherproof Books gets heavy with post-election activism 2016-11-15
BOOKS: KOKUMO becomes 'Reacquainted with Life' 2016-11-02
BOOKS In new collection, E Nina Jay takes back her body 2016-11-02
Women & Children First Books: Jarrar, Luther, plus Laura Jane Grace tix on sale 2016-11-01
BOOKS Place and partnership: The stories of Anne Raeff 2016-11-01
BOOKS Sarah Schulman discusses queer culture, 'Conflict' 2016-10-19
BOOKS The Transgender Teen: Opening the family dialogue on gender 2016-10-12
Amazon store coming to Chicago, independent booksellers respond 2016-08-31
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.