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Bohemian Rhapsody

As if in my own benediction ceremony, I would lay out all of the Queen albums, flush next to each other, in order of release, on my bedroom floor. The 45s from each album would lay on top of them, in the lower right-hand corner, also in order of release, from bottom to top.

I would then stand in front of this, drinking a wine cooler, as if I were Noah in the Ten Commandments movie, congratulating myself, clasping my arms behind my back, as if this was my ark, my own creation; that I had, as if through my sheer accumulation and arrangement of these objects, some part of creating them.

Actually, back then, I am sure that I thought I had created them, at least in the form of the configuration I was looking at, and the Bartles & Jaymes tasted sweet going down my throat, and with my room clean and vacuumed, I would lie on my bed, jerking off.



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Body Language

More greased bodies. More blow jobs in Munich. Sprayed-down models for the single sleeve photo with garden hoses. Retracting the no synthesizers pledge. The Solid Gold Dancers!

Arrows on Freddie’s touring outfit all point to his cock. Go back and toss salads on 53rd Street, a congressman’s old apartment.1 Freddie as precursor to Michael Jackson. Freddie and Michael kissing in L.A.

Not making Thriller, coke on his nose. Michael angry, wiping his mouth.2


1 William H. Gray III, representative of the Second Congressional District of Pennsylvania, 1979-1991.

2 Michael Jackson, unreleased sessions for “There Must Be More To Life Than This” (c. 1981/1983?), initially to close Queen’s The Works (1984), instead to appear on Freddie Mercury’s Mr. Bad Guy (1985). Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, unreleased sessions for “State of Shock” (c. 1981), not to appear on Thriller (1984), but instead to appear on The Jackson’s Victory (1984) with Mick Jagger.




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Get Down, Make Love

Soundtrack dry run, skirt-around outing, feedback feed-off phantasmagoria. Pornography in daylight can only work if there’s mention of what can’t be done first. Or how you change the subject beside the inground pool.

In center channel X, the special tense of Fuck Talk. Used as something is happening, the future infinitive present. It’s happening now. Tell your partner to keep doing it, to do it, period. Do that. Keep doing that. Right there.

So you’ve got that tautology going for you. Which is nice.


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Daniel Nester is the author of God Save My Queen (Soft Skull Press), a song-by-song meditation on his obsession with the rock band Queen. He is the editor of the online journal Unpleasant Event Schedule , as well as a contributing editor for Painted Bride Quarterly and DUCKY . His work has appeared in Open City, Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, Crazyhorse, and The Best American Poetry 2003. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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