Sister Self by Jory Mickelson

after Michael Garrigan

Sometimes I think
we went there
in a dream

(together still) lodged
inside the sleeping
body of the boy

I used to be.


Jory Mickelson is the queer, nonbinary author of WILDERNESS//KINGDOM, the inaugural winner of the Evergreen Award Tour from Floating Bridge Press and winner of the 2020 High Plains Book Award in Poetry. Their publications include Court Green, Painted Bride Quarterly, Jubilat, Sixth FinchDiode Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, Vinyl Poetry and other journals.  They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and were awarded fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

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