This poet, by Michal ‘MJ’ Jones

This tall glass
of freshwater
from river’s edge,


makes memory my magic
looses locked logic
into gilded dust.


Whittles me
down to a writhing rag
wrung & wrung which remains wet.


I’m a knee-knocked
goddamned drunk juggernaut of
bunched nerve endings,


French braided fingers on neck napes,
a deep-sleep susurration at darkness
billowed into dawn that


jostles the willow’s whips, gathers
glacial eyes closed like
contented curtains.


Let me be your lilted line,
a zephyrous sigh –
I’ll make it wine.


Michal ‘MJ’ Jones is a Black queer, and non-binary poet and activist living in Oakland, CA. MJ’s work has been featured at Foglifter Press, Terrible Orange Review, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, The Body Is Not An Apology, and Wear Your Voice Magazine. They are currently the Community Engagement Graduate Fellow in the MFA program at Mills College.