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etheree for black women

By JP Howard

black women we be trying to hold worlds
on our backs, in our hearts without fail
some days we fail at perfection
black girl magic is a mask
we pull off when night comes
alone in our world,
weight off our backs
we exhale
(a) lone
heart

we
whisper
in pillows
wet with our tears
our untold secrets
we breathe without our masks
we sit still in our silence
some nights we float on crescent moons
black girl magic shining under stars
we gather our pieces before daylight

Added: Thursday, June 1, 2017  /  Used with permission.
JP Howard

JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard is the author of SAY/MIRROR, her debut poetry collection and a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here, a Belladonna chaplet. JP is a 2017 Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist and featured in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series from Headmistress Press. She was a recipient of a 2016 Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda Literary, Astraea, and Brooklyn Arts Council. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a supportive NY-based forum offering women writers a monthly venue to collaborate. JP’s poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, Muzzle Magazine, The Best American Poetry Blog, and Mom Egg Review. Her poetry is widely anthologized. JP is a scholar-facilitator for Humanities New York and holds a BA from Barnard College, an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

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