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the last time you gasped
by Jason Clemmons

for air,

do you remember

someone kneeling on your

anthem

 

neck squeezed brittle crack of

pronouns

 

breathing split into a thousand

rainbows?

 

was the dog in your belly

barking

 

for ancestors named and

nameless

 

digging up their bones to show the

children

 

who only need to see

you

 

who only need to see you

live?

Jason Clemmons is a Tar Heel poet and long-time university administrator with works appearing in Slippery Elm, Havik, Fifth Wheel Press, new words {press}, and Sheila-Na-Gig. His writing reflects his experience as a gay man in the US South, often touching on themes of memory, family, and resiliency. Jason lives in central North Carolina with his husband Peter.

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