a bill collector calls
threatening jail time
and liens

i say in 2 years i’ve lost
1 nana     1 nephew
1 breast trifling

but beloved     what else
is there to take?
the collector

doesn’t miss a beat:
your nephew’s brother.
your other breast.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, Amber Atiya is the author of the chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop. Her work has appeared in Atlas Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and elsewhere.

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Four Poems

Tania Nwachukwu

Two Poems

Amber Atiya

Rage in Color

A. Montgomery


Abdul Ali

Three Poems

Hanif Abdurraqib

Letter Twelve

Ekere Tallie

Three Poems

Rachel Long

Re: Surrender

Yona Harvey


Jacinta White

Three Poems

Derrick Weston Brown


Cheyenne Varner

Is It Sweet?

Athena Dixon