Longing to Belong

Warsan Shire

Summarizing a whole suite of erotic cartographies, the poet telescopes the reader’s attention in a most delightful entanglement of means and ends:

Your grandparents often found themselves
in dark rooms, mapping out
each other’s bodies,

claiming whole countries
with their mouths.

“Grandfather’s Hands”
Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth

And so for day 2524

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