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1 poem

by Stephen Ira

Stephen Ira’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Spy Kids Review, heART Online, Alien Mouth, Poetry, and other venues. He is a co-founder and co-editor of Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics. He is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Sometimes / it can matter / to talk about / the rain


Sometimes it can matter

to talk about the rain,


but more often, to be honest,

I am extra. All my words


just mean, “Allow

me,” but I’m upbeat, chatty,


very—as the scion

of an icon, my forte


is commentary.

But a sex change


cannot comment;

it is content,


not invention.

Its condition, pace Janice, is


“a deeply moral question.”

The rain and its companions.


A voice under

the sound of rain.


Moral questions

can be answered


but who answers

moral pain?

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