Other poets have the privilege 

To sing sonnets about the sun

I can’t.


My sentences have been chopped 

Into stanzas into phrases into statements 

Until there only is.


I think there can be 

Beauty in bluntness 

Imagination in reality 


If my lived experience 

Is scholarship

Then I create dissertations


With every 



Mattie Grace Levy

I'm a black woman, a classically trained oboist, a self-taught composer, and an introspective poet trying to comprehend my thoughts.

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2 months 12 days ago

This is really powerful. And a it makes a reader think about whether the flowery pleasantness of some past poets hasn’t lost its relevance.