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  • Grows Strong with Each Twerk
  • Arisa White (bio)

You are paper tiles over old news,fragmented portrait revealing its structure—if I am to pick a bone from you, this timenot a rib, the plates in which thoughtsare housed—you do know I’m alreadypart of your webbing? There where the mothstruggles to be released from its awesomeness,the hold grows strong with each twerk,with each cry to be free—it was drawn hereby remember-me. By need to see what the flameillumines in its wings. The way vulnerabilitysores you, like too much salt and sand erodesthe hue of your masking. You whistle rightthrough me, cart an adolescent humming downa boulevard of ghosts and air reminds us of the waterunderneath and you with these acres of skin, dammed. [End Page 258]

Arisa White

Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She’s a Cave Canem fellow and author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Arisa is a BFA faculty advisor at Goddard College, a 2013–14 recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a former regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Forthcoming from Augury Books is her third full-length collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened.



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