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New York is filled with boys

By Perry Brass

Suddenly New York is filled with boys—
fourteen-year-old boys and sixty-year-old
boys, twelve-year-old boys and forty-year-old
guys—and for a moment they’ve discarded the
usual Gotham shell and are showing their
boy parts to all the world, which in New York
is New York. They’re mad and happy and
kinda crazy all over with the luck of
being boys in New York, eating hot dogs...

...and pretzels and not raddichio, and scrunching
potato chips in their palms to slide down their throats
        and slurping peaches and mangos
in the streets and spitting stones
at their feet and not thinking about the cops
who are everywhere but not bothering boys
which is only right. Because there are
certain days when New York should be
made out of boys. Only boys.

August 21, 2013
in Bryant Park
For R.L.

Perry Brass’s 19 books include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories. His work often deals with the intense, heartfelt feelings of men and women that came from his radical roots in New York’s Gay Liberation Front directly after the Stonewall Uprising. He is a founding coordinator of the Rainbow Book Fair. More info: www.perrybrass.com


  1. Thanks for giving "New York is Filled with Boys" a home on Lustspiel. It looks very happy here. Perry


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