Apollo by George Stanley

Poetry Pause spotlight with above/ground press

Name: Apollo by George Stanley Poem: I met a god the other day (cashier at the liquor store) He asked me, had I any plans for the evening. I don't know why, but I blurted out, "I have a date!' 'Dinner?' he inquired, indifferently. 'No,' I muttered. I was near tongue-tied, my head hung down in shame at the blazing of his beauty. Later in the afternoon, I tried to make it right by pulling on my cock, but it was not true, not to the boy himself, nor to the future I like to think I believe in (where he may live, and thrive). End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © George Stanley Originally published in Love Is Not an Algorithm (above/ground press, 2020) A native of San Francisco, George Stanley has lived in BC since 1971, and has published ten books of poetry, including Vancouver: A Poem, After Desire, North of California St., and West Broadway (with George Bowering’s Some End) all from Vancouver's New Star Books.

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