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Jerika Marchan

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Jerika Marchan

Jerika Marchan is the author of SWOLE (Futurepoem, 2018), her debut book. She was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the American South. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

by this poet

Say despite all the churches with their unlocked doors
and outstretched strangers’ palmskin, I hungered still

—squandered when, fell through like a crumb, I sat waiting
for discovery or disintegration—something marvelous
teething at the surface—a crumb, devotional, religious ecstatic
closer to