the GENDER issue / POETRY

What's Your Favorite Color

by Anastacia-Reneé

black (1) 

 

black like latch key kid box macaroni & don’t ride your bike down the hill//watch out for the clown//get you a red & blue bomb pop (black) 

 

black like do not walk around ashy//grandmother licking her thumb to get the toothpaste of your cheek (black)

 

black like you can do the moonwalk & mimic the mash potato but get your ass home before the street lights go out (black) 

 

black like you so black you are invisible (black)

 

black like all your hurt sucked up/in/through your black hole (black) 

 

black like is it dusk or dawn or miss mary mack’s back//become a mother & try not to step on your own crack//back to back(black) 

 

black like fire next time 

there’s no place like wakanda

there’s no place like wakanda 

there’s no place like wakanda 

bury a queen in her red pumps 

wishing for mr. rogers in my 

neighborhood (black) 

 

black like sweet tea made in the windowsill granddaddy saying don’t step on my lawn because he worked for his 40 acres & a mule (black) 

 

black like black is the color of my true loves hair thicker than a thicket of black (black) 

 

 

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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