Devon Wootten: Worst. Threesome. Ever.

Devon Wootten: Worst. Threesome. Ever.
Paul Morris

Paul Morris

I & she & you—


    (Worst. Threesome. Ever.


Reader, that was a joke—




I was at least 19% kidding. 


And the other 81%?



I don’t have to tell you what it’s like—

                                                             I mean,

 you were the first third wheel



I mean, that whole “The-mouth-of-a-man-saves-

him-and-his-speech-grants-him-indulgence,” thing. 


That must’ve stung.

(Bear with me.)

         I mean,


what I’m trying to say is sorrynotsorry

but literally—








      you’re t’ave been consumed


& presently—

            you too-dear, you etymon.


You gall

    & makes the world a galling.

Devon Wootten is a faculty member at Whitman College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, LIT, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Octopus, the tiny, Backward City Review, 26 – A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and The California Journal of Poetics. A former resident of Yaddo and Anderson ranch, he is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Montana and ABD in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Iowa. He lives with his wife among the wheat fields of southeast Washington. He curates He's at