“Is this Love?” a Poem by Elliott Whitson

I stare at the ceiling
fan spinning, lazy,
my legs still shaking.

One bed,
two mouths,
three pillows, 
four collarbones.

I watch you watch me watch you.
Your fingers trace the stretch marks on my thighs.


Elliott Whitson is a writer of poetry and fiction, a former evangelical Christian from Kansas, and is currently living a queer lifestyle in Kitchener, Ontario. They work in a library so they can be surrounded by books at all times. They were the head writer for the web series Green Gables Fables, a modern adaptation of Anne of Green Gables and, if anyone asks, are definitely hard at work on their first novel. They can be found on Twitter and Instagram @elwhitson.

Published by Chloe Seim

Chloe Chun Seim is a writer living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LitMag, North American Review, Yemassee, Hobart, Potomac Review, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her short story collection, CHURN, was named a finalist for the 2020 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Hudson Prize. She is the winner of the 2021 Anton Chekov Flash Fiction Award from LitMag.

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