Dakota Garilli | Call It Something Different

garilli_call-it-something-different_websmCall It Something Different: Poems by Dakota Garilli. Number 3.02 in the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series.

Cover design by Kinsley Stocum.

Release date: October 31, 2016 [100 copies]
26 pages

Dakota Garilli is a queer poet and essayist living in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, where he was a finalist for Best Thesis in Poetry. Dakota has taught creative writing with Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and at the Allegheny County Jail, Chatham University, and the Environmental Charter School. He currently serves as founding and managing editor at IDK Magazine. His poems have appeared in Weave, Pretty Owl Poetry, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, and The Good Men Project.  


We enter the guts of it. Good little boys, 
take the path on the left. Reach a dark room

we have no trouble seeing. It’s full
of gold coins. No, saint’s fingers. Victrolas.

“This is home now,” you tell me.
It turns true once you’ve said it out loud.  

Our parents don’t look for us. Finally.
We survive eating dirt, gemstones,

grubs. We don’t grow up.
We dress in the leather of bat wings.

No–we wear no clothes at all. I trickle
cave water to keep your hair clean. 

Years pass. Each day, we venture,
retaining our eyesight in both dark and light.

Nobody sees us. Stone mouths 
are magic. Even out here 

I can worship your softer parts:  
belly, earlobe, lips.