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Day 23: Duplicity by Jameson Fitzpatrick

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.


by Jameson Fitzpatrick

Whenever I am in one conversation
I am thinking about another.
Whatever room I am in my heart is not.
Before a mirror, which face is true:
the one that moves or the one that is moved?
I flip a coin and wish for the opposite.
Life, friends, is whoring.
A warning a man mistakes for intimacy.
When I miss my madness, which I mostly don’t,
I miss how totally I was inside it,
the idea I could not get out.

Copyright © 2020 by Jameson Fitzpatrick. Used with the permission of the author. Originally published in Pricks in the Tapestry (2020.)

About the Author

Author headshotJameson Fitzpatrick is the author of the poetry collection Pricks in the Tapestry(Birds, LLC, 2020) and the chapbooks Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018) and Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014). They teach expository writing at New York University and occasionally write about art. Twitter: @jmsnftzptrck.


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2021 Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this second year of our series is the first movement, Schéhérazade, from Masques, Op. 34, by Karol Szymanowski, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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