Content Warning: oppression against Native Americans "fucking" mild sexual objectification

I give thanks that I’m a bisexual, female,

genderqueer Ashkenazi Jew, and my foremothers

never stole land from Native Americans.

Amen for the use of my hands,

for stories that spark between neurons,

for harmonies playing in my head.

Thanks for weird friends,

a twisted sense of humor,

and for gourmet fucking.

Hallelujah for feeling as handsome

in my father’s old suit as in my mother’s

hand-me-down dresses and gems.

I’m grateful that my husband and I

can share ogling the same women

and the same men on the street.

Thank you for a slice of the pumpkin

and one of the pecan, too, with cream

both ice and whipped, please.


My first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011), won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. My story Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award for LGBT writing. My chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) was voted First Place in the lesbian and bisexual poetry division of the Rainbow Awards. My creative writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Red Rock Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. My work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. My short story collection Ghosts and Oceans is looking for a publisher.