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 the GENDER issue / POETRY

A new nail polish line based on blackness or the black experience or lack of

by Anastacia-Reneé

almost black 


not black enough 


too black-black 


mama’s black


daddy’s black (out of stock presently) 


black at work black (comes in 3 shades)


black on the weekends black 

amnesia black (with this polish you’ll have to add two extra coats) 


black on holidays black 


black enough to be killed & forgotten black 

black underpaid artist black 


black token black 


black enthusiasts but not black black 


black until the police come black black 


black as my witness black


black god black 

Image by Frederick Medina

Anastacia-Reneé is a writer, TEDx Speaker, Deep End Podcast co-host and interdisciplinary artist. The recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington Artist (Literary), Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), and Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House (2015-2017), she has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Mineral School, Hypatia in the Woods and The New Orleans Writers Residency. Anastacia-Renee's work has been published in Foglifter, Cascadia Magazine, Pinwheel, The Fight and the Fiddle, Glow, The A-Line, Ms. Magazine and a host of others. 

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