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A Poem by Tiana Clark: ‘Contemplating Roe v. Wade, Letters to the Black Physique’


Expensive Highest Worth, Expensive Bear the Brunt & Double
Blow, Expensive HeLa Cells Nonetheless Doubling, Expensive

Disproportionately Impacted. Expensive Anarcha
With out Anesthesia Throughout Surgical procedure with Sims.

Expensive Fannie and the Mississippi Appendectomies
with the Sick and Drained Ceaseless Sonnet Crown.

Expensive Tuskegee Research of Untreated Syphilis. Expensive Black
American Ladies Are 3 to 4 Instances Extra More likely to Die

in Childbirth Than White Ladies. To all of the Black Infants
sliced from lynched girls’s bellies spilling black

jelly then burned as crackled wooden singing singe
below silent, white starlight. Expensive Unbelieved

Ache. Expensive Thick Pores and skin Delusion, and But, Black Pores and skin
Should Be Thicker. Expensive Black Slaves Chewing a Brew

of Cotton Roots as a Type of Reproductive Resistance
Even When Threatened with Demise—The Physique Strikes.

Expensive Alum Water, Teaspoon of Turpentine, Rue,
Camphor, and Chugging Gunpowder Combined with Candy

Milk. Expensive Black Physique That I Adore. Expensive Black Physique
That I Now Hearken to Shimmering with Acute Tenderness.

Take a look at my mom’s arms. How they search and lower
the thread to take out my weave as if deadheading black

completed blooms from my scalp—what survives in us

is us.

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