As they cruise through 21st century Brooklyn, Charles Theonia’s romantic, hopeful characters have a lot to endure: ice cream trucks packed with undercover policemen, white cat hairs on immaculate all-black outfits, and wrenching romantic disappointments on permanent rotation.
Full of tragedy, absurdity and emojis, these delicious poems remind us that even when love keeps veering in every direction, we should never stop chasing it.
Charles Theonia was born and remains in Brooklyn. They write poems to do with space, death, power, longing, queer kinship, and effeminate response, and they teach remedial reading and writing classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Their poems have appeared in the Artist Catalogue, the Advocate, and the Zine of the Trans Poets Workshop NYC Issue 1.