Jouissance//Dani Putney


What does it mean

to be penetrated,

to give in

               to vulnerability?

My body is a grave

               where I’m reborn

               as god   (dess)   of pleasure.

I want him inside me.      I want to become him.

               My body trembles

                       as his hand glides along my spine.

I lean into      callused palm—worker’s touch—

hardness alive with memories

of power tools   lumber   too much dirt.

I tongue sweat off his digits,

think about the holes      spelunked.

My DNA forges

                         a cosmos of possibility

                              within his pores,

connected by touch,

master   master   master me

                        please

excavate and refill
 over      and over.

Dani Putney is a queer, non-binary, Asian American poet exploring the West. They’re often lost in the kaleidoscope of their gender. Most recently, their poetry appears or is forthcoming in Noble / Gas QtrlyPrismatica Magazine, and Transcend, among others. Presently, they’re infiltrating a small conservative town in Nevada.