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  • Faith
  • Pages D. Matam (bio)

breath     play    night     gnawa craving to be filledan ascension at the mention of name

impact     flog    bondage     controlpunishment, deserving?a standing ovation clutters the arm

grief     ecstasy    kink     freedomhands adorn neck like black diamondschoice is something you give

loneliness     body    tongue     electric

pirate   black beard, moist glow he holdsliquid pearls of a decaying rainbow

rope     tease    sadist     skincringe & beg: for more // for no in the quietof teeth       I choose to ignore this [End Page 587]

bruise     love    owned     safechoice is an illusion magic trick (she likes that)disappear into a mouth’s prelude

emotional     masochist    give     pleasurethe spine turns into an edible circusJackson Pollack of moans splashes across the cheek

spirit     worthy    massacre     duskyour throat no longer belongs to youred monuments at my back

pulse     (wo)man    little     deaththe rosary of eyes resurrect the boya half moon subs for a blessing

want     hurt    bleed     snatchhow many ways can someone make you sovigorously believe in God? [End Page 588]

Pages D. Matam

PAGES D. MATAM is the director of poetry events at Washington, DC’s Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow, and an NFHA Cultural Ambassador.



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