Richard Siken

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Crush by Richard Siken

Driving, Not Washing

It’s a road movie,

a double-feature, two boys striking out across America, while desire,
like a monster, crawls up out of the lake
with all of us watching, with all of us wondering if these two boys will

find a way to figure it out.

– Richard Siken, Crush

Richard Siken is a gay American poet, painter, and filmmaker. He is the author of two collections of poetry - Crush (Yale University Press, 2005), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004 and War of the Foxes, which was released from Copper Canyon Press in 2015.

The book Crush is a series of poems described as "confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism", and in part influenced by the death of Siken's boyfriend in 1991. It came out around the time Supernatural started in 2005, and fans soon discovered many parallels between the poems and the show, particularly Sam and Dean's relationship as seen by Wincest shippers. Many fans purchased the book and it inspired many fanworks, and even fan tattoos.


Fanart featuring lines from "Wishbone"

You Are Jeff

You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won’t tell you that he loves you,

but he loves you.
And you feel like you’ve done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store,
or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt,
and you’re tired.
You’re in a car with a beautiful boy,
and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to
choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling,
but he reaches over and
he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist,
and you feel your heart taking root in your body,
like you’ve discovered something

you don’t even have a name for.

– Richard Siken, Crush

Richard became aware of the popularity of his work in our fandom, and the speculation as to whether his work influenced Supernatural or vice versa.:

There’s an unswayable belief that Crush is already and always has been Wincest. Nothing I say convinces people otherwise, even though Crush was accepted for publication before Supernatural aired. I see the overlap — cars, guns, violence, danger, chasing and escaping, a relationship that seems more than brotherly but not quite romantic — but I think Crush and Supernatural are products of a cultural moment, not products of each other. Source


Siken also said that " yes, the director of Supernatural read Crush and sent me fan mail", although its unclear if this is referring to Eric Kripke. Source

Richard was later active in Sherlock fandom, and shipping John Watson and Sherlock. He explained why he never felt able to write Wincest fanfic:

I feel honored by the Wincest community but there’s no place for me there. The insistence that everything I’ve done so far is Wincest gives me no wiggle room. I take no offense, I’m proud they found the poems worthy enough to include, but still: no wiggle room. Source

and

I can participate in the Sherlock fandom because there’s room for me. It’s impossible to confuse Sherlock and War of the Foxes. I can write Sherlock fanfic like any other fan and not have it confused with my poems. Source

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