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Tonya M. Foster

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Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna* Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of writing and literature at California College of the Arts.

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for Auntie Jeanette

1.
Because you haven’t spoken
in so long, the tongue stumbles and stutters,
sticks to the roof and floor as if the mouth were just
a house in which it could stagger like a body unto itself.

You once loved a man so tall
sometimes you stood on