i) “the one who spits in my mouth is gone” — Hilda Hilst, Fluxo Floema
ii)  “either I’m nobody / or I’m a nation” — Derek Walcott, “The Schooner Flight”
iii) “the anxious serenity of our trembling world” — Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation
iv) “you arrest the holes” — Melissa Buzzeo, The Devastation
v) “could it be that I already died and didn’t notice?” — Clarice Lispector, Breath of Life

About the Author

Madison McCartha is a black queer poet and multimedia artist with recent work (now or soon) in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, The Fanzine, jubilat, Prelude, Yalobusha Review and elsewhere. His debut book of poetry, FREAKOPHONE WORLD, is forthcoming from Inside the Castle in 2021. Madison holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz.