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my boyfriend and my girlfriend
text each other all the time now it is so nice like if the house and the cat could open up about how they appreciate each other – the sunspot on his parquet floor the way her fur warms the wood – and then send you screengrabs Which One Is The Bridge
As they cruise through 21st century Brooklyn, Charles Theonia’s romantic, hopeful characters have a lot to endure: ice cream trucks packed with undercover policemen, white cat hairs on immaculate all-black outfits, and wrenching romantic disappointments on permanent rotation.
Full of tragedy, absurdity and emojis, these delicious poems remind us that even when love keeps veering in every direction, we should never stop chasing it.
Charles Theonia is a poet and teacher from Brooklyn. Which One Is the Bridge is their first collection of poems. With Julieta Salgado, they co-edit Femmescapes (http://bit.ly/femmescapeszine), a zine of queer and trans affinities with femmeness, and they keep a mostly-poetry blog at https://qu-arles.tumblr.com.
From "Which One is the Bridge" (Topside, 2015). Reprinted with permission of the author.