Category: Poetry

Reclamation

It would take nature five years To replace the city of New York With a forest In twenty, The skyscrapers would start to collapse back

_Lying to Live_ 

Inspired by the 1971 SOUL! Discussion program featuring Nikki Giovanni & James Baldwin  James Baldwin said that he could never lie to the ones he

dream life of night owls

For Sara Zalek   it’s easy to learn three chords on the guitar and sing about the world as if it’s carried around in a

Mother In Five Portraits 

1. at the kitchen prompting the click-clack of pots & wafting aromas.  2. on the prayer rug bowing day & night to ward off misfortunes. 

Auto-vivisection

tossed my hair on my ex’s doorstep today. deflated like a dark dead cat. left my left less calloused hand and bleeding wrist deep in

Ancestress

girl—such a small someone sits as she’s told    while I [at her age] kept my foot in the door    comma-hooked & ready   

Queerphobic

All the love in my life Starts with a Black woman Black girl blink And my heart goes still Black girl breathe And I hold

EMBLANQUECER

When I was born, the air was pale and green and gold. They came to the United States to be a bigger highway. They came

One Hundred Gates

As if shame were, in fact, a shine in the chameleon’s skin, I took to looking through my camera lens, at stacks of stockings like

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