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haunted houses pt. II by Vanessa Maki

providing amusement / warmth / & tenderness / exhausts me / could you take my bitter ? / my justified anger ? / my chaos ? / or do you only want black women / when we remain compliant / when we give you / that "sass" you love to presume we all have / this time / instead of soothing my ghosts / i have become one / i couldn't even be alive for myself / i can't live where life actually exists / i float / i'm apart of this haunted house


Vanessa Maki is a queer writer,artist & other things. She’s full of black girl magic & has no apologizes for that. Her work has appeared in various places like Really System & others. She is also forthcoming in a variety of places. She’s founder/EIC of rose quartz magazine & is involved in other spaces as well.  Follow her twitter & visit her site .


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