This poem was written by Diane Exavier in a 12-Month Poetry Collection Generator taught by Angel Nafis
one of us to manage. Management is love.
ashore with men, stones in palms.
They cover theirs with desire.
They aim their pleas too close to our temples.
Their dreams will kill us.
or space between oceans
or a black hole’s outermost skin
Return in this family is reclamation of time.
legal pads brimming
word processed feelings
bound by spine
to the highest power of
dressers stacked with pill
bottles and cologne, reeking
gummy grains of rice. a breathless chest.
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Dispatching from the Caribbean Diaspora, Diane Exavier is a writer, theatermaker and educator working at the intersection of performance and poetry. Diane concerns herself with what she recognizes as the 4 L’s: love, loss, legacy and land. She is the author of Teaches of Peaches published by TAR Chapbook Series in 2017, and her writing can be found elsewhere in such places as The Atlas Review and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. A 2021 Jerome Foundation Finalist, Diane holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
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