Fear has a certain smell,
presents me with choices.
I hold it in my teeth at night

when I escape, relocate.
My covert smells of self.
Choose a chamber,

I’ll flee while you excavate.
I defend my right to abandon
the cave of the heart.


Wayne Lee

About Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee ( is a Canadian/American who lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his wife, poet/painter Alice Lee, and their golden retriever Austin. Lee’s poems have appeared in Pontoon, The New Guard, Nimrod, Slipstream and other journals and anthologies. His awards include the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and the SICA Poems for Peace Award, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and three Best of the Net Awards. His fourth collection of poems, Googling a Present Participle: Poems, Prose Poems, Bogus Monologues & Fraudulent Artifacts, was published by Aldrich Press in July 2015. His third collection, The Underside of Light (Aldrich Press) was a finalist for the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in Poetry.
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