Monday, April 7, 2014

two poems by raven jackson


of course I feel like a child
inviting him to step
closer: this white
man full of breasts:
this bulge peeking
through fingers—
pockets of mouth.

i throat him
and he undresses
my scars. the doorway tall.
hinged with veins of metal
and the jangle of things
buttoning. but i stare
at bottles standing
in our shoes.


Anniston, Alabama, 1972 

You’ve done it again—looked at that light-skinned woman’s legs like bottles
full of whiskey. Put your hooked finger to her hair.
Percy, my hands are growing
wild. Yesterday, I slid a knife into grapefruit. Split it
into halves & found you sleep on the porch, your mouth
twitching, chin dark with juice. I unzipped
your pants, placed my hand inside. And you rose like a papaya
wet with spit inside my palm—
my left hand watching. Heavy with the glint
of a knife.

"tight" first appeared on The Best American Poetry Blog

"Anniston, Alabama, 1972" first appeared in PANK

Raven Jackson is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry at The New School and a Cave Canem fellow. A native of Tennessee, she is currently the Online Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers.

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