whose mountain am i climbing?

Dana Tenille Weekes


[chords howl
at midnight’s melanin]

i can sniff the weeds
between your teeth

& catch your compass twerk hard
trying to thieve the north star

my soles lick
these fragments piled deep

to embers nesting above
from dusk’s rising

fragments stacked to puncture
a vast escape

i have abandoned to


Visual Art: Helina Metaferia, June, Billie, Odetta, 2023, installation with black sand, inkjet print, brass frames, Dimension varies, On view in the 2023 Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, Courtesy of the artist.