I had been working through this poem for a couple years, but it wasn't working. Then I took a class with Carolyne Wright. Two of the prompts given ended up being just the opening for me to rethink this poem, to bring Garcia Lorca in as my guide, to root it in history and in doing so entangle all these histories with my own and reach to a much deeper place. I am grateful to Rachel Eliza Griffiths for recognizing it as finalist for the esteemed Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit prize. So many great poets surfaced this poem for me!
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