by Dare Williams   |   



it starts in
in the dark
moves its way to you
then leaves me

in hollywood
where we
laid our heads
there was a break
& I said ok
let you drive
even took the
seatbelt off
& moved to the floor

I was
lying in the grass
when it
surprised me
I was
soaking the bed
not taking calls
after the first result
I blew it off
put the secret into
some flowers &
had them
sent to you.



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A 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, Dare Williams is a queer HIV-positive poet, artist, activist native to Southern California. An alum of the John Ashbury Home School, Dare’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been featured in Cultural Weekly, Bending Genres, and THRUSH. He is currently working on his first poetry collection.

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