Poems

“I read the line over and over / as if I might discern / the little fires set / the flames of an idea licking the page”

“Illumination,” Natasha Trethewey

an interview with olóòkun. | Poetry

an interview with olóòkun. | Poetry

in the religion native to west africa’s yorùbáland, olóòkun is the owner of all oceans. depicted with varying gender presentations both in yorùbáland and throughout the diaspora, olóòkun is also the protector of africans who were carried away during the maafa, the...
Death Dresses | Poetry

Death Dresses | Poetry

Death Dresses   A Death Doula? these words come with cop cars; hot frantic alarms incredulity The little girl insideme grew uphad kidsdied in your bed.(hysterical) This town ain’t big enough for the both of us anyway the he/him beard and my little ponies I...
Legacy | Poetry

Legacy | Poetry

Legacy   i click my wrist bones together like two strangers kept captive i nosedive in friction and curve with the depths trapped in gaps where i just                          can’t                                      find my voice yet, there— lain beneath...
Sestina for My Mother | Poetry

Sestina for My Mother | Poetry

Atlanta Writer’s Club Presents… The Natasha Trethewey Prize for Poetry Winner: Elizabeth Bracken   Sestina for My Mother   When I was four, I would sit in a brown wooden chair in the kitchen and my mother would braid my hair. Then she would turn...
Cultivation | Poetry

Cultivation | Poetry

Cultivation Why do our bodies make things they do not need? Seeds from a fast food kids’ meal in a backyard whiskey barrel make juicy little red globes on the vine. Replication is supposed to be a highly regulated routine, a pageant of proteins and cytoskeletal...
Malaisonaisse | Poetry

Malaisonaisse | Poetry

Malaisonaisse “Squash is an excellent conveyer of butter,” my friend said. The strangest things go in and come out when he opens his head, watching fat-spackled beef bricks and spit hit the coals as barbecue sauce drips from ribs and wings and fingers and...

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