Cameron Awkward-Rich


Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, and his second collection of poetry, Dispatch, is forthcoming from Persea Books in December 2019. Also a critic, Cameron earned his PhD from Stanford University's program in Modern Thought & Literature, and he is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, he is working on a book about maladjustment in trans literature and theory. Source

Love Poem

Dear Proofreader,


you’re right. It is warped.

My syntax, a sentence


on myself: third person

absent pronouns. I’m glad


you liked the article

about gender & interpretation.


Glad to grace your pages

wearing this ink


dress. Just what I wanted

I couldn’t tell you


all those Christmas nights

of family, trying


to decipher their mutant

kin. Yes, I’m certain


the fault is mine. I

a fault line, been falling


through the fissure

all my life.


At the bottom of the problem?

    [        ]


& at the bottom

of language, an animal


prayer & at the bottom of prayer

let me assure you


tangled fur, my proper name.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:





LGBTQ+ Experience

Poetic Form

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


(of a literary work) in the form of letters

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.

Varied syntax

diverse sentence structure