afterwards the boys stand in the kitchen.
they all drink beer and adjust themselves.
they all sip swig and make jokes.
inside they all adjust themselves and some stay naked. afterwards
they all stink salt. emit wet foot. they all
adjust themselves and move around like soft dirt planets. they all
adjust themselves in constant fidget.
after they all adjust burners on the stove, they all
amble relieved. the bluff glow of the after.
as they all move the pudge about. they all
after grapple. after bump. they all swill malt liquor. adjust
the knives. they all lick from bagged bottles. they all
inside jokes about swim. about bump and slip. they all
adjust the blinds to open. after they all say
“afterwards the boys stand in the kitchen.” first appeared in Bat City Review, 2015, and is from play dead (Alice James Books, 2016).