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Black Cherry

These lips could only be
for you, you foamy-mouthed
sightseer, pegging for first a flash
of fear, then a smile
                    
 so much sexier when you
                   
outlined lips drawn
for you to see the space in
between. Open
is all that's required to imagine your mouth  
your words
your body inside mine.
My body has always been an outline,
I've been taught, — to crave being filled
in.

I like how my lips feel
pressed together, coated and recoated,
and how black cherry clumps hide
in creases— I have never
been taught to apply anything smoothly— instead
to bite into its pit
to ask it to stain my tongue
only to spit it out.


Biography
Jeni Prater is a queer sexual violence and disability activist and works at
the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center on the intersection of these. While
she prefers to collect books and elephant trinkets, she has been
published in "Of/When," "Spark," "Zetetic" and was awarded the Academy
of American Poets Prize at Wellesley College, her alma mater.
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Published August 18, 2019

Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest

Black Cherry

by Jeni Prater
(Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA)
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