does being queer engender a queer syntax?

the inconvenient problematics of the coloured fag.

thus this aesthetic of fracture and fragment.

across many cultures, the nobility of surrender.

literary shards stuck wholesale in the throat.

the jarring, strangling simplicity of resistance.

the glutinous, undifferentiated sodomite community.

this morning i took out a comma, and this afternoon i put it back in again.

“universality” code for an aesthetics of privilege.

i am flip, i am fag, lotusland degenerate.

what is digestible is sleek, elegant, “universal.”

elitist? except i’m in no position to be elitist.

simplus = one constituency, one plant.

fruitful blockage, retributive silence. 

Published online July 22 2015.

Born, raised and based in Vancouver, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Twice a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an emerging LGBT writer of merit. He is currently artistic producer of the frank theatre company and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. 


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This piece was published in ‘The Poetics of Queer,’ the Summer 2015 issue of CV2.

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