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Sojourner Ahebee

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Sojourner Ahebee is one of this year’s National Student Poets. The National Student Poets program, presented byThe President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is the country’s highest honor for youth poets. Ahebee attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she majors in Creative Writing. Born in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, her hometown is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

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there’s a dead jefferson in every black girl’s belly,
an unknown hunger for something stolen.
i found a poem in these parts, in the belly of a black girl.

i was told to look in the garage,
into the person i almost liked,
at the bottom of an odd blue sock buried
in my dresser