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Brionne Janae

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Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is the author of After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017). A Cave Canem fellow, she is an adjunct lecturer at Borough of Manhattan and LaGuardia Community Colleges. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

by this poet

imagine your heart is just a ball you learned to dribble up
and down the length of your driveway back home. slow down

control it. plant your feet in the soft blue of your mat and release
it is hard but slowly you are unlearning the shallow pant

of your childhood. extend your body—do not reach
for someone but