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Leslie Anne Mcilroy

forge [fawrj, fohrj]

By Leslie Anne Mcilroy (1) to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape, as in the child’s back
burning, shoulders of flame, ribs of shame till she is no longer what she
was, but what you want her to be; 2) to form or make, especially by
concentrated effort, as in pride, see the girl, my girl, take credit, look what I
Camisha Jones

Ode to the Chronically Ill Body

By Camisha Jones This body is one long moan

My feet a landscape of mines
My legs two full pails of water I spill
at the weight of
My back where the sharpest knives are kept
My hands a scatter of matches ready to spark into flame
Andrea Gibson

For Eli

By Andrea Gibson
Cornelius Eady

My Body Elizabeth

By Cornelius Eady
Marilyn Nelson

Millie Christine

By Marilyn Nelson
Claudia Rankine

from “Citizen”

By Claudia Rankine
Gayle Danley

She Didn’t Need to Know

By Gayle Danley
Franny Choi

Pussy Monster

By Franny Choi
Shailja Patel

The Cup Runneth Over

By Shailja Patel
Aracelis Girmay

Break

By Aracelis Girmay When the boys are carnivals
we gather round them in the dark room
& they make their noise while drums
ricochet against their bodies & thin air
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