The Devil in Boston by A.J. Odasso After Leonard Cohen's “Satan in Westmount” Here, he becomes she— or neither. Both, all shades between, cannily suit. Satan strolls Charles Street in motorcycle boots, denim, and flannel, fresh from a weekend in Maine. Sips pumpkin spice, clove-starved, insatiable; trades those hummed Spanish lays chased by Dante’s tercets for Decemberists lyrics, although the aptly manicured fingernails remain. As for the asphodel, there's a softer lapel in which to put it. My regrets, this sprig says, follow you to the grave.
A.J. Odasso is an autistic genderqueer poet whose verse has appeared in a number of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil’s Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago’s Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, inkscrawl, Battersea Review, Barking Sycamores, SWAMP Writing, and New England Review of Books. Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People’s Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. She holds degrees from Wellesley College (B.A. in English), University of York (M.A. in Medieval Studies), and Boston University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing).