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by Evelyna Ekoko-Kay

Evelyna Ekoko-Kay is a queer Black-mixed activist and poet from Hamilton, Ontario. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Guelph. Her writing has been featured in Book*hug’s Write Across Canada: An Anthology of Emerging Writers, as well as in tenderness, Voicemail Poems, Pineapples Against Patriarchy, The Undergraduate Review, and Collective Reflections.

a heart weighed against a brick

a skull broken in the places that my jaw was broken

alessandra giliani cutting open a cadaver

a robot building its own legs

a cartoon heart with my own name in it

an octopus lighting a molotov cocktail

a stigmata growing roses

the community defense number

my parents’ first apartment in back of the tailorshop

a pretty woman

an ugly woman

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the shadow of a skunk

a bottle of generic ketchup

pigeons hanging from a wire

the smokestacks of the hospital where I was born

a candle, lit

a candle, blown out

my lips before the surgery

my lover as a saint in triptych

assata’s silhouette

a brain with the prefrontal cortex scribbled out

son house singing death letter blues to a jim crow crowd

a pig’s head on a spike

the three bridges

the shipping routes

the ravine where the city workers got my ring back

a sleeping bear

an acorn with the moon inside it

a letter to my parents saying I forgive them

a match

a pair of scissors

a white pine tree

a bleeding maple leaf, upside down

the tower, falling

 


Evelyna Ekoko-Kay is a queer Black-mixed activist and poet from Hamilton, Ontario. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Guelph. Her writing has been featured in Book*hug’s Write Across Canada: An Anthology of Emerging Writers, as well as in tenderness, Voicemail Poems, Pineapples Against Patriarchy, The Undergraduate Review, and Collective Reflections.

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