why are men’s underwear

called a pair of briefs

when there is only one of them

not two – like socks

briefs implies more than one

though the ones you are wearing

implies something not so brief

and another thing


no there isn’t another thing

let me tell you

picturing you in those briefs

doesn’t leave room in my mind

for anything more


I’m not going to ask where you got them

or how much they cost

but how they taste

don’t get the wrong idea


I’m not someone who spends his time

imagining men in snug white or black

plain jockey type Egyptian cotton undies

never prints

prints incline to the comic

and there is nothing comic

in there is there


so don’t get that idea

but it’s difficult not to go there

as you skate board past me

your jeans slipped down

past the band of your underwear

I can see the brand name

a black hieroglyphic on red


what holds those jeans up

with the weight of my eyes

tugging on them

when you stop to scratch your belly

lifting the tee enough for me to see

the scruffy scurry of hair on your belly


I can’t remember where I was going

your smile has put all destinations

except one – out of my mind


the moment is much much too short

before you slip away

into a memory piercings  tattoos

fresh shaved head


so I’ve always wondered why

they were called briefs

perhaps because

they won’t take long

to remove

redchair the red chair

This older piece is one of my favourites. It strikes the right balance between out-there sexiness & in your face queer. A lot of queer writing about sex tends to be either totally explicit without a sense of humour, or totally frustrated, bitter, politically hectoring without a sense of humour.

mitt the red mitt

I always err on the side of humour, which can result in people not taking my ability as a writer seriously – not enough suffering for the emotional content to be worthy of more than a laugh. In looking over this I do feel I’ve been lulled into the ‘suggestive’ as opposed to the direct – a line like ‘the ones you are wearing/implies something not so brief’ leave everything to the implication – as opposed to saying ‘your dick is barely contained in those undies.’

red red and white

If I were writing this today I’d probably become more explicit as I’ve come to see being too suggestive is a form of hiding to keep the reader comfortable – some are more comfortable with implication of bulge -as if implication was more literarily poetic. But that’s a subject for another blog post.


June 23-27 – attending – Manuscript to Book – Loyalist Summer Arts – Belleville, Ont

loyalist wall living Loyalist wall

August 28-31 – attending – FanExpo Canada


October 19 – feature – Cabaret Noir – Return to Lake Pinebow –




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