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  • An Extension of the Master's Domain
  • Joy KMT (bio)

We are dealing with a kind of violence that is incomprehensible and we get mad at one another for wanting to try and speak it.

from a lecture by Frank Wilderson

jangle the keys of my spinebluish words; we echo each othercavernswhere time and memorycollapse

put your mask on, put my mask onlick the desert of my face. when the hell comewe already hungry/waiting to smoke the fearwrapped in the tender brown leaves of our bodies

don't leave me. the words come out more like fuck youbitch, i don't owe you shit. we drown in amber, frozentogether and untouching. touch me. make me a womanin your image. god, meet eden. meet eve. meet lilith. meetdestiny, manifest welts under the lash of your tongue. now we


rivers and sieves and chapels and dreams and longing. Nigga,

fuck you say? Amen. stretch out your arms like no human has always doneprepare to meet a god that might actually be able to hold youhold us. [End Page 115]

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Brooke Obie at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Linda Smith © 2016

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Nichole Perkins at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Oxford University, 2016

Photograph by Nicholas Nichols © 2016

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JOY KMT is a healer, poet, ritual artist, and cultural commentator. She has received fellowships and residencies from MacDowell, Callaloo, VONA, and Heinz Endowments. Her work is deeply influenced by afropessimism, afrofuturism, mothering, and conjure. She is published in multiple journals, anthologies, and magazines, including Black Quantum Futurism (Volumes 1 and 2), Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, Adrienne, Pluck!, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others.



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