"1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost"
— Danez Smith, “alternate names for black boys,” published in Poetry
"most times when we were together,
i felt like i was taking the best bite of the plum.
i couldn’t have loved you more.”