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Liam Strong

bar joke with burning building

f-gg-t walks into a bar.


impatience is a patient word.
it requires only a prefix
& a body.


“they are made of wood. they burn themselves. pain & laughter take the same form of convulsion,” you say.

everyone is laughing but no one is entertained.


the bartender says
nothing is sacred. a plum rolls

across the counter. it is all
testicle. you’ve always

wanted a womb of your
own. but no babies. the bar

tender wants to father
with you. is there

a name for cum
in a shot glass?

he castrates himself.
Liam Strong (they/them) is a queer neurodivergent straight edge punk writer who has earned their BA in writing from University of Wisconsin-Superior. They are the author of the chapbook Everyone's Left the Hometown Show (Bottlecap Press, 2023). You can find their poetry and essays in Impossible Archetype and Emerald City, among several others. They are most likely gardening and listening to Bitter Truth somewhere in Northern Michigan.
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