|"Black Cherry" by Jeni Prater - 45 Poems of Protest
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
is all that's required to imagine your mouth
your body inside mine.
My body has always been an outline,
I've been taught, — to crave being filled
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.
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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|Eleventh Transmission Projects
New Titles in the Library
|Published August 18, 2019
Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest
by Jeni Prater
(Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA)