“in my dreams / I am touching the faces of my friends, we are / each one of us touching” — Safia Elhillo
If Life Is As Short As Our Ancestors Insist It Is, Why Isn’t Everything I Want Already At My Feet by Hanif Abdurraqib
"I am a simple man. I want, mostly, / a year that will not kill me when it is over."
"I want to live longer. / I want to love you longer, say it again, / I want to love you longer / & sing that song / again."
"But birds / pluck their own feathers, dogs / lick themselves to wound. Allow me this / luxury. Give me tonight to cut / and salt the open."