"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Happy National Poetry Month! ❤ Another favorite poet. This poem’s from an amazing collection entitled Red Sugar. If you haven’t read Jan’s work, do it. Seriously. ❤
I’ll Write the Girl
Jan Beatty
The thing I’ll never write is the green leaf
with its rubbery-hard veins, I’ll never
write the structure exposed, instead
I’ll write the girl picking it up, green leaf,
her pudgy hand & her wanting it, that’s it,
because she knows the sky is full
of stumbling ghosts, & she’s back in the cold
room, back on the dark floor, & along
so much sky, what does one person do?
She says, bring it to me & devours,
hungry girl, breaks it open, tastes
the day’s first plasma of leaf, first blood
of green on her city street, she takes it
to her like morning’s first kill, &
owns it, stem to point,
& knows her life will always
be this biting open one thing
to leave another, that the only
way she’ll get anything is
with this tiny hammer
in her animal brain
saying: mine,
& again,
& now.


Make art about what you’ve claimed as yours. 

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