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10 WORKS
BY ALEX GILDZEN

TANKA ARGENTINO

in Buenos Aires

on a steamy afternoon

we liberate clothes

you take me into yr mouth

& the skies open with rain

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IPANEMA SUNSET

Santa Monica

                           Sounion

                                               shard sunsets

but tonite

                           on the beach

                                                   you lookd away

from the dangerous water

                                               at me

I sd

                   "youíre missing the sunset"

you sd

                   "I see it in yr eyes"

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BARCELONA LUNA

on the tiny stage

                           of La Bodega Bohemia

                                                                       off the Ramblas

an old queen

                       flashd castanets

                                                       & made us a moon

because there was none in the sky

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MARMONT MOON

itís full

over the pool

a cat

stalks undergrowth

while I pine

in the dark

for the boy on the billboard

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PALM SPRINGS

I'm a collector of smiles

a cataloger of shrugs

I examine the delicate stretch

of a young man's hand toward his cock

the least movement encourages a sonata

it's the music of morning among palms

among naked boys

a morning of shy gestures

after a nite of bold reaches

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EATING APRICOTS AT THE SPA

a plump pair

stares at me


my gaze

goes to the boy

on the deck beyond


the arch

of his back

slides down

to butt

balls peek at me


I bite

into sweet flesh

a drop of juice

trickles down

my chin

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NITES NOT REMEMBERD BUT NOTCHD ON THE SOUL

1

in trucks at docks

mouths open to outlaws

2

paprika torso

3

on a beach a boy

drunk on coddling cider

moans at pain

of gulls in his loins

shreiking to escape

4

twins in uniforms

5

waking

               tied to a strange bed

incisura on the flank

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PRIVATE PAPERS

boxes from a life

of a stranger


letters in French

a list of male surnames


traffice ticket

alumni solicitations


notes for a book

never written


& from a pamphlet

of teases


a boy named Ryder

holding himself


stares at me

like he did that dead man


we (the stranger & I)

are brothers now


strirrd to passion

by a picture

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NOVEMBER ROSES

remember that morning

before rain turnd to snow


when I pickd

roses for you


you kissd the wet petals

I tastd the rain on yr lips


I taste that rain

every day youíre gone

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STEAM ROOM


head of a stranger

between my legs

a globe which spins

to a territory of men

till my head spins

in that delirium of pleasure

that will guide me

to the grave


I thrust & every man

Iíve ever known

rushes out of me

to dance in the steam


their hot breath engulfs me

I suck in the sweat

of the dance

swallow the syncopation

burst with the joy


spinning stops

globe floats off

into the steam

I stagger out of

the dream room

into the clear air

of escrow & debenture

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m.a.g.