queer poet and visual artist. @leromanovs on insta
Queering the Healing Process
*This piece contains descriptions of sexual assault, and may be disturbing for some readers. Before she assaulted me, Lydia seemed like exactly the kind of person I would want to date. She was older than me, with dark eyeliner and carefully curled brown hair. She liked poetry by Emily Dickenson and hikes by the ocean. We met in the usual way: a mutual friend had ushered me casually into her dorm room before we all were set to go out to a bar for the evening.
Odysseus’s Guide to Back to School Parenting
With another school year in the works, it’s easy to feel flustered or anxious. But whether you’re setting your children loose in the Land of the Lotus-Eaters, dropping them off on the crumbling rocks of siren territory, or waving goodbye to them across the carpeted floors of a kindergarten room, I’ve got all the advice necessary to keep you in your element.
the night my brother was born i dreamt that father met me beside the river. the current heaved along the banks and the water grazed his thighs
Learning in the Time of Covid-19
In the beginning, it was just going to be for a summer, while children across the United States were catching up on the last few months of remote school. A lot of kids I knew needed extra help in the face of the pandemic, and their parents did not have the resources to guide their studies constantly.
The Taxidermy Haunting
When I was very young, my Grandmother forgot me in the garden, (Hot summer tomatoes, writhing hyacinths) (Summer strawberries ripe as blood)
The Murder Case that Inspired Agatha Christie’s "Murder on the Orient Express"
It was nearly ten in the evening when nanny Betty Gow went to check on her charge, a sweet, beaming boy with golden curls and plump cheeks. She had planned, perhaps, merely to look in on him as he slept, to ensure that all was well in the second-floor nursery.
Still Life with Pear
Abstract art enjoys a certain degree of popularity simply because it gives the viewer far too much credit. The critic gazes into a canvas and finds nothing but himself staring back at him. Here is a mirror--how would you rate yourself?
What Happened to the Children of Marie Antoinette?
Most of us are at least in part familiar with the tragic history of the child queen Marie Antoinette, and her equally young and inexperienced husband Louis VXI of France. That she lived a life of unadulterated luxury and opulence while the people she governed languished in poverty until the Revolution broke out in 1789 is universally understood. And that she was eventually executed with her husband by guillotine is fairly infamous. But what about the four children she had before her execution? What became of them?