…only the one that inflicts the pain can take it away Madonna, Erotica (1992)
you thrive on the surface of things like a thorn shines with pulse & beat through your fingers I exist like suds- bursts of soap that pop in soiled boots & amyl tonight the audacity of lust suspends all disbelief with spits & slaps & fists & moans manifesto for the body electric wrapped in the thrill of this unknown tip-taps away in a swish-swish of tears (the safe word yes Sir) I will gag them tears make them creatures of the inaudible let me tell you what’ll be the mystery of your legacy the certainty of living, abhorred
Piero Toto (he/him), is an Italian translator, lecturer, LGBTQ scholar and house music enthusiast living in London, UK. He writes under the influence of T.S. Eliot, Pedro Salinas, the Beat Generation, Milo De Angelis, James Baldwin and the forefathers of House. Major influences in his work are Derek Jarman’s Blue, Fingers Inc. featuring Chuck Roberts’ Can You Feel It (Vocal) and Laura Palmer’s death in Twin Peaks. ‘I’m in love with a rubberman’ is a free verse composition and reflection on kink, sexuality and the impossibility of language. Twitter: @tradutoto.