male-pattern badness did you see me me take a picture of me walk on the beach to take picture walking on the beach could reach 100 likes like male-pattern badness bring me the password 72 virgin virgins like Amber Alert Amber paradise by the modem light is what's for dinner is what's for forever trending now male-pattern badness 362 new followers in the past two minutes streaming streaming buffering back hours I'll never get back crack through Chalupa Tango Chicken Sriracha firewall encryption male-pattern badness say load-balance the imbalance class inequality you got me right where doesn't matter doesn't matter of fact male-pattern badness eternal boss-battle eternal recurrence recurring spawn and spawn again male-pattern badness pwning God-mode sawed-off lightning bolt sing me to my end two bullets in my clip but a hack in my heart male-pattern badness one bullet I call gladness the other cheesecake clambake can't you see the mess I make brake for small animals corporations with 10,000 or more employees significant offshore holdings flexible cash-to-conscience fee don't scare me male-pattern badness my hack not whack a mole say you stole my roll I roll your stole male-pattern badness 40 megabits and a mule and what I got here-here the self I call self somewhere in this cloud slick one more click male-pattern badness no longer supported by this device
William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, The Brooklyn Rail, FANZINE, NPR, Prelude, FUNHOUSE, Wired, Hyperallergic, People Holding. His work has also been featured at MoMA PS1. His chapbook Rembrandt with Cell Phone has been published by Reality Beach. He was Drunk Monkeys' January Writer of the Month.
My father sexually abused me.
When I got married,
I hyphenated my name.
No one questioned it at the time.
But in the middle of my parents’ late divorce,
everyone wants to know about names.
i was depressed,
and i wanted
to take a
you said you'd join me—
didn't mean i wanted
netflix and chill,
it happened before words came
to tell me how to feel about it
newly connected neurons torn apart
forever firing blanks into the microbiological air