Aaron DeLee

Selfie: Foot-noted


Sole of toes; pic of parts you’ve bidden.
xxxxxxOverexposed: our string of pearly exchange

And me: feckless as cellophane, as baby’s breath
xxxxxxBouquets handed your way with glossed intents

Not calcified teeth sinking into flesh, nor embedded
xxxxxxAs nails; no blueprints patterned, no plan staged

I never intended to feign, run away from conversation
xxxxxxOur back and forth a riddle of bull hooves by matador

Where if I entertained your fetish, walking all over
xxxxxxYou swine, pink and fat as my Polish heart

Where if I wiggled this little piggy
xxxxxxPlanted my heel into your cheekbone

If would my shutter remain open so lines blurred
xxxxxxWould you be knocking down my door

If for one second can be split
xxxxxxWould you fall again for my Solomon trick


Aaron DeLee was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and moved to Chicago in 2001.  He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2005 with a BA in English: Creative Writing.  He went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Northwestern University.  His work has appeared in Court Green, BloomMad Hatter’s Review, and various other publications. His work has also been commissioned, set to music and performed by a Chicago opera troupe, VOX3, with a series titled, Iconic Waltzes.  Aaron founded and organizes a long-lasting gay bookclub on Chicago’s northside and works with TriQuarterly Online.