Kissing the Invisible Man

3 Dillard illo

    Todd Dillard

Kissing the Invisible Man


He wants me to shut my eyes

when we kiss,

to sculpt him in my mind

from the blind

tools of my body: fingers

reading his stubble,

lips deciphering his thirst,

nose sketching the autumnal red

of his scent.


But I seek the light

bending through him,

the cars, the passersby, the moon

wheeling behind him,

spinning like a thought through his head—


no, I will not shut my eyes—


I will in him

see everything.


Todd Dillard received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Electric Literature, McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, Best New Poets, Midnight Breakfast, as well as an anthology of fantasy short stories titled Phantasms and Chimeras from Fuzzy Hedgehog Press to be released in April of 2017. He is the recipient of a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and has a chapbook of poetry titled The Drowned Hymns out from Jeanne Duval Press.

Editor’s Notes: Image: “freestyle” by Daniel Friedman (creative commons)

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