Poetry

My Cat, He

I knew the horrific thickness beneath my skin the offensive heaviness of each organ I met again with my old ally hunger and felt grim satisfaction as my layers thinned to reveal hard bone   but my cat, he did not approve when I was slow to feed him my gravity stronger though I weighed […]

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Terese Mason Pierre

Fin

Not a lustful fisherman— someone caught in the battle between man and nature as his eyes fill with ocean— but a small black boy dragging a stick against the evening shores of Grand Anse, Grenada.   She is leaning against the pier post, in the sea, so he sees her human first: her dark skin, […]

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fair exchange

you who bred us for the abattoir, you who taught us justice is a nothing-word of poisoned air— remember us.   you with your honeyed terror and scalpel-lies, you with a red-soft hollow in your ribcage in which filth and secrets fester— here is my eye.   I have plucked it out and pressed it […]

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The Trouble Over

16/6 for the separation allowance— 3/3 for the personalization of the headstone. The star came free, courtesy of the Pale and Pound’s Stepney, East. Your blood ran from the Tsar’s army to fight the Kaiser’s, your April Fool’s death added rimshot to the war’s punch line. Sharp-faced, soft-mouthed Rosenberg in your pink ties, you painted […]

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saltwashed

unpeel me from my skin & let us wash it in the sea; the salt will scour sediment from my capillaries.   glistening & exposed, I will pull down the sickle of the moon & scrape my tendons clean. if we touch, you will find me like the segments of an orange: membranous & soft […]

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deep sleep

i’ve never seen the deep sleep of monarch butterflies but I can imagine the taste of their relief in the eucalyptus grove the slow nectar of thawing winter, a rare ice wine steeped with pine needles instead of champagne at the end of passport control the pollen is a confetti of stars   only ancestors […]

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Athena Holds Up a Mirror to Strength

Girl, you best stop setting yourself on fire, you may be the phoenix, but these bones aren’t kindling to keep others warm— your spine isn’t a bridge you need to burn, and you aren’t a consequence, Empress: remember who you are.   Woman, you a hundred rivers, each one gathering itself carefully, unhurried, unhampered, considerate […]

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