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This week, a poem by Xandria Phillips.
Before The Dyke There Was Only Girl Crush
I’m tender femme crossing legs under desk
when I think of Ciara & Angela from Boy Meets World
I’m a soldier & I’m here to stand up for me
I’m the first god born by mother’s assertion
she wants to be just like them like them like them
Like them girls in track pants & navel rings?
I did in the dark, doubling over in fond wet
I loved myself If she’s me, I can always hold her
XANDRIA PHILLIPS is a poet based in Chicago. Her chapbook, Reasons For Smoking, won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Find her work at The Offing, The Journal, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, and Scalawag, or visit xandriaphillips.com.