We sat on Tomales Point,
his lips were dry and cracked inside my own;
I could taste what we had had for lunch some
three hours before.
We had hiked to this precipice,
my body stank of tea and musk, and brine
dripped down my arms onto his;
he smelled of coffee and citrus.
An ex-Jesuit, he spoke of his monastic
life and current wiccan studies while I
strew seeds of opium poppies, datura, nicotina and
Siberian motherwort upon the wild, mist-
Dinner that night was casual and
makeshift, I sucked on his tits until I could
taste the ale he was drinking;
we never unbuttoned our pants.
Love is tame after forty, but it is
no less splendid;
out on the bluffs, the herds of tule elk were
completely hornless, that had boasted such
awesome racks mere weeks before.
On the trail, a boy of no more than
five gleamed and boasted of the single
antler he had found in the bush.
Gavin Geoffrey Dillard has published eight collections of verse, two anthologies, and his infamous Hollywood tell-all, IN THE FLESH: Undressing for Success. Also known as “The Naked Poet,” his poems have been recorded by James Earl Jones, Don Adams, and published in anthologies and periodicals worldwide. An anthology of his life's work, THE MORTAL POEMS (the first half-century), will come out in 2014 from Sibling Rivalry Press. Dillard was schooled at both The North Carolina School of the Arts and California Institute of the Arts. He was tutored in songwriting by David Geffen, and in playwrighting by Jerome Lawrence and Tom Eyen. Deena Metzger, Ian Young, and Christopher Isherwood were also ongoing mentors. The author of dozens of songs, Gavin has written lyrics with and for such luminaries as Peter Allen, Chanticleer, Sam Harris, Jake Heggie, Glen Roven, Lowell Liebermann, Ralph Edwards and Disney Studios. His classical art songs ("Of Gods and Cats") have been featured at Lincoln Center by mezzo Jennifer Larmore.
He has written comedy with and for Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Peggy Lee, Vincent Price, Lily Tomlin. Gavin is the co-author of BARK!, the musical, which has played throughout North and South America, and author of OMFG!!!, an iLove Story, which premiered in 2011 in San Francisco. Spring of 2014 will see the opening of WHEN ADONIS CALLS, an opera comprised entirely of Dillard's poetry, by Clint Borzoni, with libretto conceived and constructed by John de los Santos.