James Schwartz is a gay ex-Amish poet and slam performer in Michigan. His poetry has been published by various poetry journals and anthologies. His book The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by inGroup Press in 2011, and, more recently, his poetry appeared
Sleeping With Keats
Dejection and despair, I cannot sing.
Rejection to repair, I have no king.
If I had tried harder, as they say.
Perhaps in the end he would stay.
I sleep alone, he won’t return.
The bed is cold, and still I burn.
For his touch and deep inside.
I feel as though I have died.
Starting over with another man.
In my arms again, I can.
Still I sleep and weep with Keats.
Who too knew these depths of defeat.
* Previously published in Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology 2015