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Aracelis Girmay

Oh, body, be held now by whom you love.
Whole years will be spent, underneath these impossible stars,
when dirt’s the only animal who will sleep with you
& touch you with
its mouth.

—Aracelis Girmay, from “Kingdom Animalia,” Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011)

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