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Callaloo 24.4 (2001) 1021
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The self, which, early, does not ask much, hides
as it is told. It mutes the brighter world.
Their room was hushed with light.
The naked stood about, waiting, easy with each other.
They'll ask me if you're gay. I'll say
look at that space he didn't paint, left so wide.
Forrest Hamer is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a practicing psychologist in Oakland, CA. Call & Response (1995) was his first collection of poems, followed in 2000 by Middle Ear.