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Jan Steckelís poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and her poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her writing has appeared in Yale Medicine, Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. For the past two years, she helped judge the Bisexual Book Awards. Her short story collection Ghosts and Oceans just started seeking a publisher.
We chose rings of braided gold,
mine red, yours white.
Your sister filled our honeymoon suite
with yellow roses.
When we rumpled the sheets,
I twisted the ring on your finger.
You laughed and said
it felt like I was adjusting your settings.
It was fetish-wear for me,
kindling more lust
than any slipped sheet bend
around my ankle or wrist.
In the rose- and -sex-scented morning,
I found you bent over a sheet of paper,
diagramming your ring.
"Three strands! Fourteen crossings!"
With a topologist's glee,
you mapped the gold intersections.
I laughed at you until you
rose and joined me in the bed.
Like a Dark Age Irish scribe,
bent over his book of knots,
you drew me out
and illuminated me.
(previously published in Red Rock Review)