This poem is ACTUALLY BY THE AMAZING POET CHERYL CLARKE.  It’s today’s poem from the Academy of American poets

knew what I was about

stroking your lovely

neck in the perilously


interval at the intersection of

desire, the real, and feminist


And if the intersection is three

or four points of variance,

divergence, diversion,

aversion, and hapless brief


larger than the grid,

in dread of a walled corner,

a piano stool, a

contraband .38,

and that flip of an

eye eros,

oh, throat

I don’t do well with

expectation. Come up

here if it’s too cool a

story below with your

windows cracked.

Higher is warmer

in this last,




Copyright © 2019 by Cheryl Clarke. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 13, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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