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Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is the author of i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (Boost House, 2014). Espinoza’s poems have also appeared online, in publications including The Feminist Wire and The Offing, and in the e-book In Fear of a Trans Planet (Be About It Press, 2015). Espinoza lives in Riverside, California.

This Is What Makes Us Worlds

Like light but
in reverse we billow.

We turn a corner
and make the hills
disappear.

You rearrange
my parts until no
more hurting.

No more skin-sunk
nighttime fear.

No more blameless death.

My hair loses its atoms.
My body glows
in the dark.

Planets are smashed
into oblivion,
stripped of their power
to name things.

Our love fills the air.

Our love eats
the deadly sounds men
make when they see
how much magic
we have away
from them.


Copyright © 2017 by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.


Copyright © 2017 by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.


Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is the author of i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (Boost House, 2014).

by this poet

poem
This is like a life. This is lifelike.
I climb inside a mistake
and remake myself in the shape
of a better mistake—
a nice pair of glasses
without any lenses,
shoes that don’t quite fit,
a chest that always hurts.
There is a checklist of things
you need to do to be a person.
I don’t want to be a person
but there