Summer and winter clouds troweling Dank green and a woodshed in the backyard of my father’s parents’ house. tools and other objects in the shed announced worlds not yet known to me. I wanted to find ways to use them and imagined the worlds where they belonged. But still, a sense of threat weighed heavy like a lock. At six, what I was, tugging me. something my father wanted. As if I was the soil and he had the shovel, and I would be dug up. fear had a he and other ways I would incorporate mix and house—make fencerows—wanted worlds and was and use—and—threat unplaited what and who—slavered mechanized—a dark predictability was feeling shame to outcried dangling ghettoing shame————————
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Shira Dentz is the author of five books including SISYPHUSINA (PANK Books), winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize 2021, and two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Idaho Review, Black Warrior Review, New American Writing, Brooklyn Rail, Apartment, Lana Turner, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Series (Poets.org), Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Poetrysociety.org, and NPR, and she’s a recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets Prize and Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Awards. More at www.shiradentz.com