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  • The Lump, and: Ars Poetica
  • Jalynn Harris (bio)

The Lump

the lump insidemy heart ain’t lightin fact i’m toldit justmight explode.love, thethesis ofmy younglife. the lightuponmy oldlonging. i listthe lies& the liarsuntil i amenergizedwith ire.who couldbegin tohold melong like the day?longing.the bird sitson a wire& weighs it down.weighting. thewire remembersit’s a wire. [End Page 53]

Ars Poetica

The sterling of my wordsweighthis nagging need fornuance & nunnery.

I am simple.

Not a saint nor a sirennor even quite so certain

I tell my story &keep bringing people backto praise me.

The line holdsthis load to laugha little morelightly  how good it is to have

weight. To go another round ofbalancing my call-to-worship sounds

I praise my pen.O sweet mysterious    channeling.  My sterling sings. my heart jolts  the living room of my life lights. [End Page 54]

Jalynn Harris

jalynn harris (she/they) is a writer, educator, and book designer from Baltimore. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Little Patuxent Review, Feminist Studies, poets.org, The Best American Poetry 2022, and elsewhere.

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