Featured Writer: Poet Rachel Custer’s “If I Tell You I Love A Woman”

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Rachel Custer

If I Tell You I Love A Woman

“Sunday Morning Series: No. 2” by Alejandro Rosemberg

 

can church music still sway in the hard pew of my heart

necessary as a thumb when it comes to holding things
like a hymnal or a rough woman’s soft hand  

& can I still love   country music and men
with strong arms & the cheap beer beading their dark
beards while nighttime is still half a day away

the truth sits white and nestled against an eight ball
somewhere in a county with no downtowns        yes I touch
my lips to my lover’s lips and rapturing through me

a cry you might rightly name fire and yes I come
filthy to the eyes of God denying myself
has never been my particular gift and it is true

that I have stopped looking for crosses         on which to hoist
my body being honestly mostly too sore to climb

but if I tell you I’m gay and alone here on the abandoned
farm of myself will you prepare me a dish

& will you knock softly and call me neighbor
& will you lift a hot bite   to my opening lips?

 

About the writer:
Rachel Custer‘s first full-length collection, The Temple She Became, is available from Five Oaks Press. Other work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, OSU: The Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, B O D Y, [PANK], and The Antigonish Review. Rachel Custer is the O:JA&L “Featured Writer” for February 2019. On February 13, 2019, Rachel Custer officially became a recipient of a 2019 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image:Sunday Morning Series: No. 2” by Alejandro Rosemberg. Oil on canvas. 19.7 x 35.4 inches. 2012. By permission. Rosemberg is a hyperrealist painter. Rosemberg is from Buenos Aires where he paints and teaches classical techniques. He attended the National University of Codoba Art School where he received his degree on Fine Arts in Painting. He continued his study of classical painting based on the Italian Great Masters Tradition with Maestro Claudio Bogino. Alejandro Rosemberg is the O:JA&L “Featured Artist” for February 2019.