given name: ________

By: Danny McLaren

at the dentist they call
of course, i don’t respond.
“are you here?”
no. certainly not.

but my toothache is worse
than the discomfort,
though only by a little.
so “yeah, i’m here” and stand.
“it’s nice to meet you, [REDACTED].”

but all I hear is static.

Danny McLaren is a queer, trans and non-binary writer who uses they/them pronouns. They like to write about trans existence and resistance or video games, or both, if they can pull it off. They currently have a poetry chapbook with Ethel Press entitled Two-Way Town and have a forthcoming micro-chap with Post Ghost Press. They can be found on twitter at @dannymclrn or instagram at @dmclrn.