Monday, August 9, 2021

new from above/ground press: small colossus, by Nathan Alexander Moore

small colossus
Nathan Alexander Moore

To be twice as sick,

To die doubly, doubled over,

To die with someone else,

To die twice.

To die your death & to die theirs.


She is your mother &

You have inherited

Her famine. Her heart-hunger.

Her love-starved.


She was unprepared to

Grow a life outside her body.

So you must weather her

Soft & subtle neglects.

There are hungry silences sitting between you two.

Banshees perched

On each shoulder.

Wailing all grave-mouthed,

But neither of you bothers to listen. ("Comorbidity")

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

cover art: Idris Young

Nathan Alexander Moore (she/they) is a Black genderfluid transfemme writer, scholar, and dreamer. She is interested in critical and creative methods to explore the nuances of Blackness, queerness, and temporality. Currently, they are a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Their work has previously been published or is forthcoming from Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando from Damaged Goods Press, P-QUEUE, ode to Queer and Peauxdunque Review. She also loves cooking, naps, comics, and laughing.

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