Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender Vessel |

The Minutes Add Up

The Kenyon Review · "The Minutes Add Up" by Dare Williams Soon it will be June outside, and the wind chimes will swing their lullaby into the dark summer of my bedroom. I dial a number I find in the back of Rolling Stone and fall into the pool of messages. I make one of my own, feeling the rush of a blooming persona. Tonight, because I am no one, I am anyone, Dear stranger, I’m Kelly, and who are you? Together we travel past our broken destinies. I decide you are tall, masculine, with kind eyes that make the deer bow. You have large hands and come from the field sweat-stained and thirsty. I am perky, and coy, playing with my long hair as you easily lift me onto your flatbed. You are here and not here, your rough voice sewing up the shape of my room. In Arkansas, the nightjars are calling out, flying their predictable pattern, and you smell of grasslands and gasoline. I describe the palms of California, their heavy sway, the ocean’s sound, and the bright sun tan

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Dare Williams is a Queer HIV-positive poet and literary worker rooted in Southern California. A 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, he has received support and fellowships for his work from the Ashbery Home School, the Frost Place, Brooklyn Poets, Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in Foglifter, Frontier Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Williams is an associate poetry editor at Hooligan Magazine and an MFA student at Warren Wilson College, in North Carolina.

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