Alex Taylor

a gay poem

richie with the
jesusbeard
stands outside
the arch of planetrees
/ a flagpole / the world
limping in skin tights
assassinating the characters
of westerns and co-workers.
he sings quite well and one day
the flat of his hand
brushes by my leg

 

 

man alive

he’s the man with the answers
man of the house
man about town
man of the world
man on the moon
man in the manger

he’s a man with mandibles
a mandibular man

he’s a man of his word
his mantra

he’s everyman / noman
rich man / poor man / beggar man
solitary man
hollow man

he’s the man on your mantelpiece
the man of experience
the man of distinction
the man in the mirror / in the middle
the man in the iron mask
the man with the golden gun

he’s the best man
the straw man
batman
superman

he’s mandolins
manpower
manganese
men-o’war
mental notes
mansions in Manhattan
mangy in Manila
mentioned in memoirs
mendacious as a manatee
a manic man-eater
with the menace of Menelaos

he’s on the menu
on the mend

he’s a manacled manikin
a Mancunian manslaughterer
a mandated mandrill
a manicured maniac
a menial Menshevik

he’s manly
mannish
manlike

he’s Manny!

he’s the origin of man
the fall of man
Magritte’s Son of Man
with the apple
the Isle of Man for goodness sake

he’s got a man bag
man breasts
man love

he emancipated Oman
he unmanned the mandrake
manumitted his mannequins

he’s manifold
manifest
manufactured
mannerist
menacing

he’s a man-fan of Manet, Manley Hopkins
(he’s a man of the world)

he manipulates
manoeuvres
manages
manducates

he’s the Man

he’s many

 

 

Alex Taylor is a New Zealand composer and poet.