The Winter Poetry Issue: Rin Johnson

I ponder a woman

In the midst of emancipation

Wrung out in the sun

Something to hitch meat to

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patience or whatever

sophia says that jen said that she grew out her hair to learn patience and sophia says that she grew out her hair to learn patience too. i don’t know shit about patience but i know sophia learned patience from growing out her hair, which is now so long that it touches her butt and falls out all the time. sometimes i see the clippers on the top shelf of the ikea bathroom cabinet that i pay too much money a day to look at, a price i split with my dog and my father. my father showed me the other day that sometimes to close a bag you have to expand it. he said “relax, watch and you might learn something.” damn. he knows how much i love learning. my father is patient, but he has short hair. my father and i look exactly the same and sound exactly alike. we both drink too much but he is patient and i am not. seeing those clippers i just want to call the whole thing off. what dyke needs long hair? am i a dyke? jess looks good in her long hair but is jess a dyke? or is jess a patient dyke? why can’t i be patient like jess. i’m so tired of being Black and Gay in the United States, i want to move back to Europe but you can’t just move back to Europe when you’re Black and Gay in the United States. i’m so tired because i don’t have any patience, apparently it gets Better. sophia's dad said that i cannot visit the monastery on the other

side of the Hudson until i learn to be patient. my hair is only an inch long if i don’t blow-dry it. i wish it would fall out like sophia’s. sometimes i think all i have is sophia and her dog and my dog who is her dog’s brother. i know that isn’t true but sometimes that is what i think. i have jet lag and stay up late and i read art forum and eileen myles and i miss my girlfriend and i think about how terrible i am to be able to be so impatient and so able to miss. i fail and i fail and i fail. but jen grew out her hair to learn patience and so if i just let mine keep growing maybe i’ll learn something.

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the stall. Some men like to sit they think. I always forget I cannot talk in the men’s restroom; my balls have not dropped yet. They won't. They will. They have. They have not. At least my daddy is rich and my mother is good looking and the water from the tap is clean with a Brita and I have a studio where I make objects to objectify and stick my dick into. I have ok skin now that I am older and I'm pretty cute with my glasses on. The revolution looks ok on my hips and in my boxer briefs. If I drink more Soylent I bet it will look even better. I am not that old because I still get carded but I am old enough to never want to be out unless someone tells me where I am going. You can fuck women and still love them. I'm going to bottom out. I'll take it from behind. Whatever. I don't care. Please don't touch me. I'm sorry. Please touch me. You look great. I should go.

Rin Johnson is a Brooklyn based sculptor and poet. Moving between Virtual Reality, sculpture and the printed word, Johnson has exhibited and read in Europe and the US. Johnson is the author of two books, "Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People" from Inpatient Press and the forthcoming VR Book , "Meet in the Corner" from Publishing House . Johnson founded Imperial Matters (a space for liquid poetry) with Sophia Le Fraga. To see more of Johnson's work visit RinJohnson.com .