Bonobo – William Doreski

Bonobo — Expedition Art

Longer-legged than a chimp,
brisk hair parted in the middle,
they look thoughtful and human
enough to drink those tropical drinks
sporting plastic umbrella swizzles.

They spend most of their time in sex.
Male on male, female on female,
brother and sister, parent and child.

Sex is their conversation,
and they never tire or bore themselves.

Tongue to tongue plus oral sex—
perverted as people but honest
enough to live outside the law.

About the contributor: William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His work has appeared in many print and online journals. He has taught at Emerson College, Goddard College, Boston University, and Keene State College. His most recent books are Water Music and Train to Providence, a collaboration with photographer Rodger Kingston.

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