a mountain range in my jeans,
i have lived through two dozen cocks
and am still unsatisfied.

this funhouse mirror body
fucks in lowercase letters
and has become real, real thin.

i don’t want to be a father
but i also don’t want the inability
to become one.

how emo, to be chromosomally
unable to play a part
in the swelling catastrophe
of a population boom.

how goth, my genius can’t outrun
the silence of a fertility doctor
when i ask if there
was ever even a chance.


Matt Mitchell is a writer from Ohio. He is the author of The Neon Hollywood Cowboy (Big Lucks, 2021) and Vampire Burrito (Grieveland, 2023). See Matt in issue Thirteen.   TWITTER