“DAHMER” by Blake Edward Hamilton

DAHMER

You were just ahead
Of the curve

Grindr incarnate,
A 21st century gay

Performance artist
Devouring without

Thought – just like
Every other gay man

Does, immobilizing
Dates with a few

Drills to the back of the head –
You deleted and blocked

Before it was safe
From a distance

You cut out the tongues
Of your lovers

To silence them from
Revealing who you

Really were –
They do that today, too

Just quicker
With no sound at all

~*~

Blake Edward Hamilton holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University, and currently teaches college English in Denver, Colorado. His work has appeared in World Literature Today Magazine: Windmill, NPR, The Guerrilla Literary Magazine, and The Bombay Gin, among others. He was awarded a General Contributor Position at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2013. Presently, he is working on a collection of poems and short fiction.

Featured image by Timothy Barlin

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