Knowing Good & Well

Poetry / jayy dodd

In private conversations:
hands around throats         for the first time.

How anxiety can taste of salt,
of a hand rolled cigarette
in the thick of memory.

In the night
when moonlight is obstructed
& neon porch falls victim
to impenetrable darkness.

Deep breath is rationed
in short changed currency.

To be choked, or touched,
or silent,
                  or night.
                                    or drunk
                                    & crying.

To be wee hours,
                  praying for the dead.

jayy dodd is a blxk question mark from los angeles, california, based on the internet. they are a writer & editor & performance artist. antagonistically queer & unapologetically blxk, they were raised to be a preaching cowboy—this is the next best thing. their first collection of poems, [sugar in the tank], was released on Pizza Pi Press.