The pronouns I belong to. The pronouns I own. The
pronouns you gifted me. The pronouns you
understand. The ones you assign. Pronouns you have
attached. What fits inside your idea. An idea you own.
My pronouns are “obvious.” My pronouns do not
subscribe to your grammar. My pronouns sink into
forms. They are not asked. They are not remembered.
They are not safe. I say a word & I can see blades
resting on the small of my back.
is a Denver-based writer and artist. She earned a B.A S. in cognitive literary studies and is completing an MFA degree in creative writing poetry, both from Regis University. Her work has been published in Heavy Feather Review, The Blue Route, Sixfold, Loophole, ANGLES, Furrow Magazine, and several other journals. She received the Robert A. O'Sullivan, S.J. Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in 2019. She is a queer writer who explores her own identity through art that hopefully transcends the page and helps others discover and come to terms with their identity and beauty.