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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’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