Sitting five stories tall above this stacked city
I now know that I am a strange bird.
My mother used to split grapefruit in the morning
with fingers delicate and precise, I am not
my mother but I am
breaking the pulp for the better, I believe
in jazz and the accent of an off-beat
feather that splits the wind above distant street.
I am counting the price tags in my medicine cabinet
taking inventory of trauma and truth requires
a steady hand.
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Kate Belew is a Brooklyn Based writer from the Midwest. She has been involved in projects of writing with Poets House, The National Book Critics Circle, The Poetry Society of New York, Evolver, The New York City Poetry Festival, Slice Magazine, The Poetry Brothel, Publisher’s Weekly, and Milk Press. She also works as a content and marketing consultant for Evolver and The Alchemist’s Kitchen among others. She is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA in Poetry where she taught seventh-grade creative writing at The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, New York, and facilitated a Women’s Writing Group at Westchester Correctional Facility. Follow her on Instagram: @k8belew
A Brooklyn based poet originally from Idaho, Emi Bergquist’s work often explores the intersection of identity, sexuality, nature, love, and loss. Since 2015, she has been an active associate of The Poetry Society of New York, a regular cast member of The Poetry Brothel where she has helped produce immersive poetry experiences across the country, an editor of Milk Press Books, and most recently, a collaborator on Pandemic Poems. More of her work can be found under her stage name: https://www.monahmayhem.com/ or by following @emuloo on Instagram.
Jackie Braje is a Brooklyn based poet. She is the Programs Director of The Poetry Society of New York, the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Milk Press, and a Poetry MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. Her work has appeared in The Quarterless Review, Everything in Aspic, The Minnesota Review, The Nottingham Review, Brooklyn Poets, Vagabond City, Waccamaw, Bridge Eight, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship and a 2020 Mineral School Artist Residency.