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Poetry Spring 2021

Self-Portrait as Sticky Notes

by Darnell “DeeSoul” Carson

After Safia Elhillo


Today I write down the last thing my mother and I both laughed at & I write down
my partner’s birthday and all of his names & I write down how many days since the last
attempt & I write down the title of every poem that has ever held me in its arms and
told me I’ll make it & these days I feel so paper-thin, so parchment and puzzle & when 
I forget the good things I just look at myself in the mirror and read them again & again
& again 

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