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

The Center for Literary Publishing
Colorado State University

Editor: Stephanie G’Schwind
Poetry Editors: Matthew Cooperman, Donald Revell, Sasha Steensen

==Colorado Review’s only commitment is to the publication of serious poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We do not publish genre fiction nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction. We are determinedly eclec

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