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Day 3: Obsessions by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

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


by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

Obsessed with
how long it takes
for a glacier to melt
or a movie to end.

Taste of cream soda
all I think about
in the afternoons.

You pass a finger between
one tattoo and another,
find that I cannot make amends
with every copper thread between my ears.

I believe too much in spinning around.
I plant matches and pray for a forest.

When I am a creature soaked,
ride on my back,
ride on my back.

Copyright © 2022 by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué. From his book Madness (Nightboat Books, 2022).

About the Author

Queer Poem a Day HeadshotGabriel Ojeda-Sagué is a poet and writer living in Chicago. He is most recently the author of Madness (Nightboat Books, 2022) and Losing Miami (The Accomplices, 2019), which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. He is also co-editor of An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979-1989. He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Chicago where he works in the study of sexuality.

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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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