Stagazer is the debut poetry collection by twenty-one year old, Matthew Stevens. It will take you on an evocative journey through the ups and downs of learning how to love. Stargazer focuses on themes of first love, unhealthy relationships, and mental illness.
gentle (part 1)
when i asked you to be gentle with my
you did so without hesitation.
your touch was so soft
it was as if i were
a fallen flower
you wanted to press
into your book
and save forever.
there is a sadness inside you
that drips like honey
sticky and sweet
on your lips
i wasn’t ready to leave you.
i’m not saying i wasn’t already
all packed up; i had been packing
pieces of myself away for
days by then.
what i am saying is
it’s getting harder to relocate them.
these boxes are too heavy and lately
trying to move one feels
like i am Atlas and it has been forever
since i have been holding the sky for you.
it used to be freeing to be the crease;
to hold the balance
of the stars meeting your feet.
i thought the punishment
was the weight
against my palms.
i was wrong.
(the punishment was limbo.)
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Matthew Stevens is a twenty-one year old poet and sexuality educator. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently lives in Oregon with his two year old cat, Eliza. His debut poetry collection, Stargazer, was released on April 12, 2017. Stargazer focuses on themes of unhealthy relationships, mental illness, and the ups and downs of learning how to love.
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