———— Cocidius — War

dudgrick bevins

Solider god • brother by brother • latrine
Camaraderie • shield • sword • breast
Plate scrapes another • sparks • scarred
• scared • kiss • war & tent & glow-fire
Outside • flickerwise • keloid itch: impend,
Urge for combat • prayer to Mars • prayer
To Cocidius • prayer to the red one • to
Violence • to rage ⅋ engorge ⅋ tumescent
Shadow on the canvas ⊕ hide • see yours
/you see mine: a history of touch built in
Wine and conquer • nothing more erect
Than victory • than clink of blade • than
Chang armor against armor • followed by
Blood-stubble-mud-smear-lips • collapse
Knees • together interlock • corpse wallow
• flush faced & flesh mar • swamp of limbs
• battle rage: matte painting of war • the
Sound of death • of antlers locking • god •
God in red • god • god horned • god • god
In steel, in groin, this body — asunder —
In union of clash & scrum ¦ in union ruck •
Sanguine fisticuffs. ♂

Dudgrick Bevins is a queer interdisciplinary artist from Deliverance country in the north Georgia mountains. He lives and creates in New York City. He teaches literature and creative writing to high school students in Harlem, where he is also an MFA student. His writing and photography have been published in two books by bd-studios nyc, Georgia Dusk (with luke kurtis) and Route 4 Box 358. His chapbook, My Feelings are Imaginary People Who Fight for My Attention, is published by Poet’s Haven Author Series. His poetry has appeared in various online and print journals.