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Khadijah Queen’s most recent book is Fearful Beloved (Argos Books, 2015). She works as an editor for a finance company. In 2016, she will join the new low-residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University as a core faculty member in poetry.

Balance, onslaught

Khadijah Queen

after Clare Rojas
(I have a diamond house
with men. I have pierced
men and diamond shoes.
I have shoed horses and
a tilted head. I have a tilted
cart and a flowered scarf.
I have a gray dress and a
hell of a guitar. I play the
guitar and the jukebox jack-
in-the-box gutted brown 
bear and canoe landscape. I
play the grayest song and a
cat's yarn game.) I sit in the
forest with a cat and a knife.
(I see the quilted mountains
and long knitted birds. I see
the man limping across the
path of chevrons between
the trees. I sit between trees,
hanging hair and red mouth.
I mouth and sit. The buck
stands by the river. I am in
my paper mask, my wood.)

Copyright © 2010 by Khadijah Queen. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2010 by Khadijah Queen. Used with permission of the author.

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen’s most recent book is Fearful Beloved (Argos Books, 2015). She works as an editor for a finance company. In 2016, she will join the new low-residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University as a core faculty member in poetry.

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Yes as thievery, except if saved for
a fantasy in which I in a backless
dress encounter

you on a typical balcony
overlooking Vltava, gripping the latticework,
metal, a barrier to leaping

into an esoteric night, fixed and ornate
enough, like my penchant for the infinite

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Bamboo shoots on my grandmother's side path
grow denser every year they’re harvested for nuisance.
Breezes peel blush and white petals from her magnolia,
lacing unruly roots in the spring grass. For nine decades
she has seen every season stretch out of shape, this past
Connecticut winter