Analysis Of Richard Siken 's ' A Primer For The Small Weird Loves ' And ' Torn Up Road '

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Crush by Richard Siken is a collection of poems that uses confessionalism to explore the experiences of a coming of age gay man. Siken uses strong imagery, language, and structure to discuss the themes of abuse, violence, love, and regret throughout the collection. For this essay, I chose to analyze two of Siken’s poems “ A Primer for the Small Weird Loves” and “The torn-up road” because they are both similar and they both stand out in the collection. In both poems, Siken uses his passion on the topic of homosexuality to capture his reader. He talks about the difficulties that a gay man faces on his journey to find love and acceptance.
“ A Primer for the Small Weird Loves” epitomizes the struggle of a coming of age gay man. The speaker starts the poem with imagery is in the very first line where he says “ The blond boy in the red trunks is holding your head underwater because he is trying to kill you.” This line has really strong language, it captures the reader because the word ‘kill” has a very negative connotation. It is very unexpected and since it is the first line it sets a tone for the rest of the poem. It introduces the reader to the speaker 's dilemma from the very beginning. He says “ and you are ready to die in this swimming pool/ because you wanted to touch his hands and his lips and this means / your life 's over anyway.” He goes on to say “ and you know that a boy who likes boys is a dead boy unless/ he keeps his mouth shut, which is what you do ”…

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