This leads me to introducing my new poetry podcast. This podcast is a reading of my poem "Seeing a Dead Lizard After Reading Mark Doty's 'Turtle, Swan.'" This poem is about the fears that come from not being able to get married. I've read countless horrific stories of gay couples who have not been able to say goodbye to each other because they weren't "family." Or other couples that after one dies the other gets nothing. These are sad and scary situations to think about, and I try not to focus on them, but they are always there in the back of my mind.
This poem is also a tribute to Mark Doty's poem "Turtle, Swan." This is one of my favorite Doty poems and one of his very early ones. My poem follows a very similar pattern as his. In both, the speaker sees a dead creature, both end in a movie theater, and both deal with politically charged issues, but in a very personal way that examines the internal fears gay men face. If you haven't read Doty's poem, I recommend checking it out. I've linked it in the title above. It will give you a richer experience with my poem. I hope you will enjoy listening.
-Stephen (7 years)