In the Best AIDS Poem
Steven Cordova

we'll resist nostalgia,
resist science fiction.

We won't be taken
backward or forward in

time. The result will be
we'll find ourselves left standing,

waiting at a crowded gate,
still loaded down

with baggage
but boarding,

taxiing, taking off...
In the best AIDS poem

no one will ever have have grown
sick, not one of us

will have died.