eagle-eyed with barbed wire pulling at your seams / thefeeling of her first body trembling beneath your hungrytongue / bruises mom made you hide / with turtlenecksin summer heat / calling out for the moon / and Mercury bristling /with volcanic teeth / learning to hide / yourself inplain sight / the weight in your ribs when she says I want /to be your wife / laying breast to breastin the back of her car / no longer living anyone else’slie / constellations burn / collapse / and you become the sunyou become / fire and brimstone / raining / from blackened sky
dezireé a. brown is a black queer woman poet, scholar, and self-proclaimed social justice warrior, born and raised in Flint, MI. They are currently an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University, and often claim to have been born with a poem written across their chest. A Poetry and Non-Fiction Editor for Heavy Feather Review, their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kweli, BOAAT, Anomaly, Cartridge Lit, RHINO, and the anthology Best “New” African Poets 2015, among others. They tweet at @deziree_a_brown.