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This poem was written by DeShara Suggs-Joe in a 12-Month Poetry Collection Generator taught by Angel Nafis.
A List of Justified Longings
who came up to their necks
you wash away my woe I want
almost right I didn’t make my father
a rediscovered ghost begging for exalt
himself & slew my tongue desperately
through the unripe mud How dare a man who didn’t name
lasso my knees into a bend
like my mother before
DeShara is a queer, Black poet. She co-founded Daughter’s Tongue (an all-women writing collective) and is a former member of the Youth Speaks Collective. She received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She has fellowships from Callaloo, the Poetry Incubator, and Pink Door. She has published poems in Apogee Lit, Voicemail Poems, Tinderbox Journal, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. She has also been featured on Button Poetry’s YouTube platform and has performed at the likes of Spotify, Yahoo, and Pinterest.
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