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Day 14: Salt Lake City by Christian Gullette

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

Salt Lake City

by Christian Gullette

We’re not the first married men
to sneak a kiss
in Temple Square,
but no one cares.

The Visitor Center model
of the temple
looks too small
to hold anyone’s prayers.

A boy, I built
a dollhouse from a kit.
I wasn’t given any paint
so it would look

different from my sister’s.
Two Lego people
sat in the kitchen
in front of a stack of pancakes.

They never knew
what part of their lives
they were in.
We married

one of the times
it was legal.
I bring him to

a city that held
the Olympics.
A city that values
stamina. A city

that sometimes wants me
to see inside it,
this 80s Marriott
with its glass elevator.

Copyright © 2021 by Christian Gullette. Originally published in Northwest Review, Fall 2021.

About the Author

Author headshotChristian Gullette is a National Poetry Series finalist and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Northwest Review, Los Angeles Review, and other journals. He is a 2022 Discovery / 92Y Contest semi-finalist. He serves as the editor-in-chief of The Cortland Review. His website is

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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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