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AWP 2017

As editors and writers who work to center marginalized voices, we at Apogee continually re-examine the role of institutions in facilitating dialogue and ensuring representation. The yearly AWP conference is one such institution, which fosters a dynamic and rich literary community, while at times drawing criticism for alienating marginalized writers.

Poetry by Linette Reeman

EVERYONE I LIKE TELLS ME I REMIND THEM OF SOMEONE ELSE THEY LIKE   the not-boy slices my thighs open with their knife/tongue looks up at me, says                   you know, i’ve never fucked someone who looks like you, before oh?                     yeah, it feels                  nice i say darling. say baby. say suite. say the same thing. say suiteheart. say it again. everyone tells me on the phone i sound unexpectedly sexy. everyone remembers they had an ex-lover who was awful at dirty-talk. they want me to remind them how voices can cower. they want me to say lover. lover. lover. like someone else used to. someone i like wants me to know they found someone exactly like me. same laugh same                   hands same                   hair oh, if only i could meet them too, i would see what they mean– the not-boy forgot they had a knife/tongue and tried to lap at an old wound but ended up slicing them-self...
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