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  • Savage Pageant:A Genealogy
  • Jessica Q. Stark (bio)

When                we were                 little,my sisters     (being the youngest, I too)     thought        the pregnant     form     was disgusting.Nothing is as     plain     or crass     as expecting:            the awkward     roundness            of past sex             on     a body-stage            and all that     skin     x stretching xWhat we really wanted     wascombustion     to burn the deedaround our own real estate.     Whatwe really wanted     was inelegant:             a clean break from     the spectacle                  with gas station snacks                  and water when we needed.My grandmother had eleven pregnancies and                                      an infection.My mother had four     and wished for boys. [End Page 219] Sometimes you can't put all the bonesback where they're supposed to go.

I had a boy and they took you out with a knife. [End Page 220]

Jessica Q. Stark

Jessica Q. Stark is a mixed-race, Vietnamese poet originally from California. She is a doctoral candidate in English at Duke University where she writes on the intersections of American poetry and comic books. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, the latest titled Vasilisa the Wise (Ethel Press, 2018). Her chapbook, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for Heavy Feather's Double Take Poetry Prize in 2016. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Up the Staircase Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Potluck, Glass Poetry Journal, and others. Her first full-length poetry collection, Savage Pageant, is forthcoming with Birds, LLC. She writes an ongoing poetry zine called INNANET and is an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI.



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