POETRY: Black Girls, Simone Savannah


Black Girls

Simone Savannah


Black girls try to memorize theories to save themselves,
try to revive their pretty browns tight and significant.
My white girlfriend, skinny thing, not much ass to carry,
quotes Janelle Monáe on her Facebook page,
and I think it is easy for white girls to say the body
isn’t for male consumption when they’ve never been
eaten up, or no, to say the body isn’t for male consumption
when their pretty white isn’t said to eat men automatically.
I want to ask my white girlfriend if she knows Janelle’s song
might just be for us to echo, her dance for the pretty brown areolas
already in the pits of eyes and bellies, for the pretty brown
Jezebels reading theory, twirling dicks between their teeth
while lying on their backs.


SIMONE SAVANNAH is from Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas developing her interests in sexuality, Modern and Contemporary women’s poetry, and African American literature. She served as the Assistant Poetry Editor of Beecher’s 3. Her work is forthcoming and has appeared in Big Lucks and Blackberry: A Magazine. 

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