I Could Be Afraid

The end of the day beginning of the night,
I’m afraid of so much I can hardly start,
Storms and Savak and deep wells,
The CIA and cliffs and talking,
Small dogs and rubber bands and questions,
The government and hunger and answers.
I eat pound cake in bed to dispel my demons,
They itch me in unbearable places,
My heart beats loudly – with vigor.

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About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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