Advice For Straight Men Using Urinals

when at urinals men
must mind their own


to look
up down but know

not to look to
your right

your left
don’t hold

another man’s
eye if you want

to feel less awkward then you can
always go do it in a cubicle

James McDermott is a 26 year old queer playwright and poet based in East Anglia. His plays published by Samuel French include ‘Rubber Ring’ and ‘Time and Tide’. His poetry collection ‘Manatomy’ is published by Burning Eye Books. James was shortlisted for Outspoken’s Poetry Prize 2020 in the Performance Category and Commended for The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 judged by Andrew McMillan. Twitter: @jamesliammcd.

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