My No – Nathan Wade Carter

hard to nod
head unstopping
hard to say yes without showing my no
hard to say no

I can’t stop the midnight snack
mental consuming        metal welded teeth

I allow him to do nothing
I allow myself to do nothing
I am boring      into the earth    I am close
to not
this eggshell crust tapped delicate
carry of beak

if I am left behind        let me sleep







Nathan Wade Carter is a queer, grey-a poet, musician, and artist living in Portland, Oregon. He is author of the chapbook ROYGBIV (Ursus Americanus Press 2017). His poetry can be found in Hobart, Fugue, Gramma Poetry, Poor Claudia, The Fem, and others. He is editor and founder of SUSAN / The Journal. He writes and performs songs under the name Purrbot. He is recording a new album called DNR. Find him online at


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