Diana Goetsch has written several poetry collections, most recently In America (2017, Rattle) and Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press), and is also a literary journalist. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and The New School, where she was the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow.
I’m trying to imagine what it was like for Walt Whitman to kiss a man. Not
because I want to kiss a man
(and if I did, certainly not “one of the roughs,” the unwashed, uneducated type