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Camonghne Felix

Camonghne Felix received an MA in arts politics from New York University and an MFA from Bard College. She is the author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), which was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. The 2013 winner of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women, Felix has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Poets House. 

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Killing the Form

Am I allowed to disrespect the form. Am I allowed to instead proclaim that he’s raped me. That it just happened. And that I was small and formidable, a fruit or something else taking in from the sun and expanding. Am I allowed to say that I didn’t write it for you. Am I allowed to say that I’ve fucked four women and three men and owed nothing in the aftermath. Am I allowed to say that I didn’t do it for him or because of him, or to heal, or to mitigate the universe’s monopoly on wellness – but to be an organ in post survival, a dim sound existing retroactively, a full circle sold.


“In what way is the instinctive connected with the compulsion to repetition?”*


Boobs
Breasts, is that all you got?
Boobs

 

                             consent
                             Blck, is that all you got?
                             absence


I am happening in public & cannot bear the trope of it
                   I am taking it off.


 

                    Spell blck
                                           compulsively
to make blck



                                    art.