Clint Margrave lives in Long Beach, CA. His first full-length collection of poems, The Early Death of Men, is newly released from NYQ Books. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Rattle, Ambit (UK), 3AM (UK), Pearl, Serving House Journal, Word Riot, and Nerve Cowboy, among others.

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The Early Death of Men

. . .there are tremendous reproductive benefits to being a winner
and tremendous reproductive penalties for being a loser. 

–David M. Buss

It is said that the male red deer
grows a large body and antlers
to endure greater success in mating,
the very same traits that make it
vulnerable to an early death.

Between the ages of 16-28
the human male has a mortality
rate nearly 200 percent higher
than the female, stemming from
his own evolved sexual psychology,
a result of the fierce competition for a mate.

Not unlike the red deer,
the human male who risks the most,
experiences the greatest reproductive outcome,
and is, therefore, most likely to avoid
that lonesome punishment we call

longevity.

 

(This poem appears in his first collection of poetry, The Early Death of Men, published by NYQ Books.)

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Clint Margrave

Clint Margrave

Clint Margrave lives in Long Beach, CA. His first full-length collection of poems, The Early Death of Men, has recently been published. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, Rattle, Ambit (UK), 3AM (UK), Pearl, Serving House Journal, Word Riot, and Nerve Cowboy, among others. You may find this poem in The Early Death of Men, copyright © 2012, NYQ Books.

  • http://www.elenairving.com Elena Irving

    Perhaps we can add to the statistic that between 16 and 28 the death of human males is greatly accelerated by conscription in wars; the male deer hunted and slaughtered for its beauty. Two bitter pills to ingest for the human when we add the alternative "lonesome punishment we call longevity". As a woman with two sons I've often contemplated this male dilemma, in the natural order as well as the constant friction in society to claim them. Thank you Mr. Margrave for an honest and sensitive piece.