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 the GENDER issue / POETRY


by Anastacia-Reneé

i am rewriting my own narrative.  in this (a) version i am neither the angry black protagonist or the occasional  black barista with light brown curly hair & well meaning white mother. in this (a) version i am neither invisible or hypersexualized & i am hairy naked. my stretch marks all lit up like a dancing parasite under a graffiti microscope          beneath a mirrored ceiling beneath 

                                                  a green sky (i am love). 

Image by Ian Kiragu

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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