Kimberly Alidio is the author of The Sky Forever (Writ Large/The Accomplices), which is forthcoming in 2019, and After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016). She has received fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, and the Center for Art and Thought, among others.
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“from The Sky Forever” [to say your land vanished]
to say your land vanished into thinness scrap under your feet
when the name feels the same in the mouth who is the most hysterical person
to say I was never meant to the origin moment do you remember laughing
be about poetry’s originating in childhood trauma when the first American boot
hit the ground in a cloud of dust maybe before that you’re killing me