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GROWING UP IN THE SUBURBS BY DANNY MCLAREN

DEAREST MR. DARCY BY SRISHTI SINHA
November 3, 2018
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT YOUR WAKE BY STEPHEN MORTLAND
November 5, 2018

growing up in the suburbs

 

visiting home is old women who flinch
when blue hair boards the bus
and proceed to watch,
longer than I’d like, but long enough
for me to smile

before I changed my hair, they liked me better.
they’d smile back.

they like neat and tidy there,
white picket fenced, nuclear family dream
i kept my room clean for a while,|
but the clutter under my bed caught up with me

now it’s secrets spilled across my carpet like juice stains,
nails and scratches on yellow walls
because pink or blue didn’t settle right in my chest

 


Danny is a queer and non-binary writer who uses they/them pronouns. They are an undergraduate student studying Gender Studies, and beginning to dabble in queer, anti-racist, and anti-colonial theory. They have an interest in exploring themes related to equity, resistance, and intersectionality in their work, and often write about their gender, sexuality, and mental health through these lenses. They are an editor and co-founder of Alien Pub Arts and Culture Magazine.