You are read

Your body

Inscribed with your personal history, your ancestral lineage

You are read

Beside other bodies, place, power

You are read

Gestures of your supposed racial, gendered, sexual truths

Reiterated and reiterated and reiterated….


Adrienne Rich writes: “This is the oppressor’s language yet I need it to talk to you.”


Reiterated and reiterated and reiterated….


You write your body

Against the weight of history

Within the instances of liminality

Against the power dynamics that precede and outlive it

Within the gaps between assumed and assigned identity


Each phrase forms its own dialogue. 

Each verse reversed, inversed, conversed. 

Each passage you write a passing in between.