Bare Neck of the Woods

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

My ma

                        said agonysaid hurt                        said she’d bedamned                        if painain’t the one                        thing all folksay’s true                        says all folk bowwhen pain                        huckher elbow                        across they neckall folk                        kneelwhen pain                        bitedog-sure                        at the bellyof old knees                        when painrolls through                        this towneven the trees                        burstat the seams                        she said.

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Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His first collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot (2018), was selected by Bob Hicok. His second collection, Colonize Me (2019), is forthcoming with Saturnalia. Recent work appears in Boston Review, FIELD, jubilat, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among others.

Colorado Review

Fall/Winter 2018

Fort Collins, Colorado

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