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Yona Harvey

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Yona Harvey

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013) and a coauthor of Marvel's Black Panther and the Crew (2017) and World of Wakanda (Marvel, 2016). She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Nobody straightens their hair anymore.
Space trips & limited air supplies will get you conscious quick.
 
My shea-buttered braids glow planetary
as I turn unconcerned, unburned by the pre-take-off bother.
 
“Leave it all behind,” my mother’d told me,
sweeping the last specs of copper
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Four tickets left, I let her go—
Firstborn into a hurricane.

I thought she escaped
The floodwaters. No—but her

Head is empty of the drowned
For now—though she took

Her first breath below sea level.
Ahhh       awe       &       aw
Mama, let me go—she speaks

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Your black coat is a door
in the storm. The snow
we don’t mention
clings to your boots & powders
& puffs. & poof. Goes.
Dust of the fallen. Right here
at home. The ache
of someone gone-missing. Walk it off
like a misspoken word.
Mound of snow. Closed door.