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  • zakia henderson-brown (bio)

O, these wild treeswill make charming wicker baskets

—Amiri Baraka

        We inherit the tree, roots lockedas a grave; any genus any tenderbrown:  birch blackoak; any home to the sparrow—

down to its sap, bark slit open   for fuel, bleached sheetsblanks with no darkrings as secrets. Branches:

tiny bared arms, sprung upgilt, unarmored    across every soiledlandscape    each winter:wail; every spring    a perfect

wink.    Now isn’t theremoney            in that? [End Page 59]

zakia henderson-brown

zakia henderson-brown’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Vinyl, and others. She currently serves as associate editor at the nonprofit publisher The New Press, and forever represents team Cave Canem. She lives in her native Brooklyn with furball Onyx.



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