Toren Wallace completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in: Brine, The Portland Review, West Trade Review, Poetic Diversity (Los Angeles), and Columbia Journal, among others. Find him on Twitter @nerotoren.
Masculine behaviors and identities manifest and establish power relationships that exist within society.
Arriane Renan Barzilay
this reckoning of power
like wildflowers after the rain
can be no more masculine
than hegemonic normativity
there is soil on top of the ground
and beneath the mystery
of this obfuscation steams
a pot of dubious masks
who is he
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