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  • Mihret
  • Hiwot Adilow (bio)

No offense to God, but         every thing my mother prayed I wouldn't be, I became.Every place she prayed I wouldn't go, I went.         I walked so long I found Mercy.        I draped her thighs over my shoulders & drank.         She's abundant& I'm finally alive.         Had I been what I was supposed to be I'd be my mother'ssafehouse. I'd be her mother land. I wouldn't wander, I would remain.Were I from whence I ought to be from         I'd call this something else butI belong to the country I was born in. Everything I've done has been in Love's name& in Love's name         I've done these sins:             I've clenched my fist. I've run.I've bit my tongue dead raw. Mihret covers my chest while I hum & swallow blood.        She keeps me warm. Doesn't ask for me to stay. [End Page 100]


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Participants at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Linda Smith © 2016

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Participants at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Linda Smith © 2016

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Hiwot Adilow

HIWOT ADILOW received her BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a member of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community. She is a fellow of the 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and recipient of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Nepantla, Winter Tangerine, and The Offing, and has been anthologized in The BreakBeats Poets Vol 2.0: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018). She is author of the chapbook In the House of My Father (Two Sylvias Press, 2018). She is native of Philadelphia, PA.

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ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
pp. 100-102
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-26
Open Access
No
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