Confirmation Bias

by Ivanna Baranova

Ivanna Baranova is a Latinx poet based in Vancouver. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Poetry is Dead, glitterMOB, and Metatron Press’s (ÄLPHÄ), among other publications.

at least in our waking life
most commemoration

doubles as force

since even
the most benign

zodiacal conceptions
are tinged eurocentric

when brown women die
who specifically is responsible

for the eroticization
of our deaths?

this is not a walking
meditation

not an endorsement
of escape

survivalism
or even

getting to the source

with eyes closed
involve yourself

with the idea
of becoming thematized

in dreams
that feel multiplayer

wearing cling wrap for clothing—
seldom (never) passing

white

learn to chase dopamine
in the absence of halos

all with lollipops
all stevia all
sugar all
candy

yes
the new sincerity
is post-Sephora

find an out

notice what you feel
when your phone
reaches out
for you

notice this as paradise

notice paradise
as antithetical
to force

notice force
as the catalyst

for everyone
you’ve ever
loved

leaving

remember
that you once watched

someone you love
try to light their cigarette

with a usb stick

and did nothing
to intervene

following this memory
you’ve learned to triple check

fire sources and their
adjacent damage

if you set an object on fire in the poem
the poem rewards you by becoming deep

if you set yourself on fire in the poem
the poem rewards you for becoming the light

when you become the light
the poem says:

ok
good job

you’ve become

the light.

 


Ivanna Baranova is a Latinx poet based in Vancouver. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Poetry is Dead, glitterMOB, and Metatron Press’s (ÄLPHÄ), among other publications.

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