Lord, what the hell is so attractive
about smelly feet?! I wouldn’t know. Perhaps for gay men it’s something
to do wid ’em toes, I suppose: how each of them
looks very close to a penis—but stiff, constantly.
-side my erotic/concupiscent province.
Let us then get to the nitty-gritty of yours truly’s
I prefer ARMPITS.
Only a whiff—sometimes a little one; sometimes a rank odor—is enough to make
the leaven that is my cock rise!
O factory of sensual desires!
Olfactory! The axillary funk—
—D. A. Powell notes in Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys.
“And I’m PURE Pitts”
—a 9-year-old character in a short story
by Flannery O’Connor declares gravely.
Confessional I may be though am not stepping out of bounds
when there’s a publication called Pitt Poetry.
Speaking of Pittsburg, in an e-mail dated Dec. 22, 2005,
“I am currently up to my armpits in papers—200 pages
of final papers from two classes—and need to turn
in the final grades tomorrow, so won’t write much now.”
And while waiting for a full e-response
from The Man Who Turned Me On to Poetry,
I accept the label CONFESSIONAL.
Would you be weirded out then if I say:—
I like ’em rumpled, ragged—
the bushes of hair—festooning from the pair of triumphant arches ) ( ?
If you didn’t mind my previous statement,
then I don’t think you’d have a problem with me applying
my face into the
of the left pit, then the right. Mmm . . . .
Can you imagine the pleasure upon greeting them after a half-marathon?
Hey, I’m doing my best to describe the act
of worshipping a lovely region of lust on a beloved body.
an intellectual but without the dry stiffness.
So come now, of what hornpipe will you write a defense?
Bingh studied literature and creative writing with Jim Crenner at Hobart College, where he founded and edited SCRY! A Nexus of Politics and the Arts (Anne Carson was among the contributors). Bingh conducted an interview with the American novelist-poet Katherine Towler and co-translated the poems of Mario Bojórquez for Poetry International. He writes theater reviews for the San Diego Reader (under the name Binh H. Nguyen). Bingh holds an MFA degree in poetry writing from SDSU and is the founder and curator of Thru a Soft Tube, a monthly reading series in San Diego. His poems have recently received attention from The Common and Crab Orchard Review.